Sun Belt Tournament - Louisiana-Lafayette North Texas Betting Preview
North Texas Mean Green vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for North Texas when they take on the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns on Friday in college hoops betting action.
It's a game in the Sun Belt Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Summit Arena.
The Ragin Cajuns sport records of 12-19 and 11-15 ATS heading into this battle, while the Mean Green have 12-19 and 12-14 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 15-7 for the Ragin Cajuns and 10-13 for the Mean Green.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Ragin Cajuns - Mean Green odds would favor the Mean Green if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Louisiana-Lafayette is rated No. 229 in the current Odds Shark poll, while North Texas is at No. 203. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 68-67 win for the Mean Green.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Mean Green is ranked No. 71 in NCAA hoops at 37 per game. Contrast that with Louisiana-Lafayette’s No. 197 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Louisiana-Lafayette is the No. 107-ranked team in the country at 6.8 per game, while North Texas rates No. 345 at 3.5 per game.
Defensively, North Texas features the nation's No. 243-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.4 points per game. Louisiana-Lafayette, meanwhile, comes in at No. 48 nationally in scoring at home.
North Texas was a 74-50 winner in their most recent outing at home against Arkansas State. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. North Texas cruised to victory on Thursday, running Arkansas State out of the gym and running up a 74-50 score at The Super Pit.
In their last action, Louisiana-Lafayette was a 71-63 winner on the road against Louisiana-Monroe. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. The Ragin Cajuns got 17 points from Shawn Long as Louisiana-Lafayette ran past Louisiana-Monroe 71-63 on Saturday at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
North Texas Mean Green Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
After playing Arkansas State are 5-5
After a win are 3-7
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
After playing Louisiana-Monroe are 5-5
After a win are 1-9
A few Mean Green at Ragin Cajuns trends to consider:
Louisiana-Lafayette is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing North Texas
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Louisiana-Lafayette's last 11 games
Louisiana-Lafayette is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing North Texas
Louisiana-Lafayette is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games