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Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin CajunsWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
Jan 5, 8:00 PM | EA Diddle Arena

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds

7-8TEAM RECORD5-10

Western Kentucky will look to improve on its 5-10 record on Thursday when they host Louisiana-Lafayette in NCAAB odds action at EA Diddle Arena.

The Hilltoppers currently sports a 5-10 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-9 ATS. The Ragin Cajuns are 7-8 and 7-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Hilltoppers produce a 5-8-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Ragin Cajuns have gone 5-6 against the number.

View Louisiana-Lafayette vs Western Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Western Kentucky opened as 2.5-point underdogs in this College Basketball tilt.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 240-ranked Hilltoppers and the No. 97-rated Ragin Cajuns in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 70-59 win for the Ragin Cajuns on Thursday.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Ragin Cajuns is ranked No. 136 in NCAA hoops at 36 per game. Contrast that with Western Kentucky’s No. 139 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Western Kentucky is the No. 246-ranked team in the country at 5.4 per game, while Louisiana-Lafayette rates No. 241 at 5.5 per game.

Defensively, Louisiana-Lafayette features the nation's No. 228-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.6 points per game. Western Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 335 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Louisiana-Lafayette, they were a 67-55 winner as they battled Florida Atlantic at home. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. Louisiana-Lafayette earned a 67-55 victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday, getting 15 points from Darshawn McClellan at Cajundome.

Last time out for Western Kentucky, they were an 81-63 loser as they battled Florida International at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point favorite. Western Kentucky got 11 points from Derrick Gordon but lost anyway, 81-63, to Florida International on Saturday at EA Diddle Arena.

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Middle Tennessee are 6-4
After playing Florida Atlantic are 3-3
After a win are 4-6

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Troy are 4-6
After playing Florida International are 8-2
After a loss are 5-5

A few Ragin Cajuns at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Louisiana-Lafayette's last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Kentucky
Louisiana-Lafayette is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Louisiana-Lafayette is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Kentucky
Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Louisiana-Lafayette
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Kentucky's last 5 games when playing at home against Louisiana-Lafayette
Western Kentucky is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Louisiana-Lafayette
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Kentucky's last 5 games

Next up:
Louisiana-Lafayette at Middle Tennessee, Saturday, January 7
Western Kentucky home to Troy, Saturday, January 7

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