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NCAA hoops odds preview - Louisiana Tech vs. Denver

Louisiana Tech BulldogsDenver Pioneers
March 9, 7:00 PM | Magness Arena

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs Denver Pioneers Odds

26-4TEAM RECORD20-8

Louisiana Tech travels to Denver on Saturday, hoping to boost its 26-4 record with a victory over the Pioneers.

The Pioneers sit at 20-8 (15-10-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Bulldogs are currently 26-4 (16-9-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Denver is 14-10 OU, and Louisiana Tech is 9-13 OU.

View Louisiana Tech vs Denver Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Pioneers installed as 6.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 149-rated Pioneers and the No. 19-ranked Bulldogs, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 76-74 result in favor of the Bulldogs.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Denver has the nation's No. 244-rated offensive output, at 64.9 PPG. The visiting Bulldogs defense ranks No. 68 allowing on average 62.4 PPG. The Pioneers FG% has averaged 48.3% so far, more than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.5% per game.

Defensively, Louisiana Tech features the nation's No. 78-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.3 points per game. Denver, meanwhile, comes in at No. 177 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Louisiana Tech, they were a 78-60 loser as they battled New Mexico State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point underdog. Raheem Appleby scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Bulldogs to a win (they lost 78-60 to New Mexico State at Pan American Center on Thursday).

In their last action, Denver was an 84-55 winner at home against Texas-Arlington. They covered the 12.5-point spread as favorites. Denver cruised to victory on Thursday, running Texas-Arlington out of the gym and running up an 84-55 score at Magness Arena.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing New Mexico State are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Denver Pioneers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-7
After playing Texas-Arlington are 1-1
After a win are 9-1

A few Bulldogs at Pioneers trends to consider:
Louisiana Tech is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Louisiana Tech's last 8 games on the road
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Denver's last 9 games