Sun Belt Tournament - Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns take on Blue Raiders in NCAA basketball test
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns at Summit Arena in NCAA basketball action.
The Sun Belt Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. Summit Arena is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.
Middle Tennessee battles the Ragin Cajuns, currently sitting with a 13-19 mark (12-15 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 14-12 for the Blue Raiders and 15-8 for the Ragin Cajuns.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Blue Raiders at No. 11 and the Ragin Cajuns at No. 229 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 82-66 result in favor of the Blue Raiders.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Middle Tennessee has the nation's No. 87-rated offensive output, at 71.4 PPG. The visiting Ragin Cajuns defense ranks No. 315 allowing on average 72.9 PPG. The Blue Raiders FG% has averaged 46.5% so far, more than the Ragin Cajuns marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.8% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Louisiana-Lafayette owns the country's No. 303-rated mark, allowing 75.4 points per game on the highway. Middle Tennessee, on the other hand, rates No. 32 in scoring at home.
Louisiana-Lafayette was a 74-55 winner in its last match at home against North Texas. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Louisiana-Lafayette earned a 74-55 victory over North Texas on Friday, getting 20 points from Elfrid Payton at Summit Arena.
Middle Tennessee won its last outing, a 70-62 result against Western Kentucky on March 2. They covered in that game as a 7-point favorite. The Blue Raiders got 17 points from JT Sulton as Middle Tennessee ran past Western Kentucky 70-62 on Saturday at EA Diddle Arena.