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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers face Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Western Kentucky HilltoppersLouisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns
12-7January 25, 2014, 04:00 | Cajundome12-7



College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky hit the hard court against the Ragin Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Hilltoppers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 8-8-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Ragin Cajuns are 6-7 ATS. Western Kentucky is 7-8-1 on the totals; Louisiana-Lafayette is 6-7.

View Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Odds and Stats.

The Ragin Cajuns were listed as -4.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 80-rated Ragin Cajuns and the No. 120-ranked Hilltoppers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

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In their last action, Western Kentucky was a 69-51 winner on the road against Louisiana-Monroe. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Western Kentucky got 26 points and 10 rebounds from T.J. Price en route to a 69-51 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

Last time out for Louisiana-Lafayette, they were a 77-70 loser as they battled Georgia State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. Louisiana-Lafayette suffered a 77-70 loss against Georgia State on Thursday, getting 21 points from Elfrid Payton in a losing effort at Cajundome.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Louisiana-Lafayette's No. 55-rated squad against Western Kentucky's No. 80-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Louisiana-Lafayette rates No. 71 in the country with 7.26 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 51 nationally with 7.63 per match.

A few Hilltoppers at Ragin Cajuns trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Western Kentucky's last 6 games
Western Kentucky is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Louisiana-Lafayette is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisiana-Lafayette's last 5 games
Louisiana-Lafayette is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
Louisiana-Lafayette is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Western Kentucky


Next up:
Western Kentucky home to Texas-Arlington, Thursday, January 30th
Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas-Little Rock, Thursday, January 30th

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