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Bulldogs open as college hoops underdog vs Aggies

Louisiana Tech BulldogsUtah State Aggies
March 8, 11:30 PM | Orleans Arena

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs Utah State Aggies Odds

16-15TEAM RECORD17-14

The Aggies hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs pay a visit to Orleans Arena on the college basketball betting menu.

The WAC 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. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Orleans Arena.

This season, the Aggies are 17-14 overall and 12-11-2 ATS ATS, while the Bulldogs are 16-15 and 14-8-2 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Utah State boasts a 13-12 on the OU, and Louisiana Tech is 14-10.

View Louisiana Tech vs Utah State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 3.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 110-ranked Aggies and the No. 164-rated Bulldogs in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 70-68 win for the Aggies on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bulldogs is ranked No. 126 in NCAA hoops at 35.4 per game. Contrast that with Utah State’s No. 261 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Utah State is the No. 230-ranked team in the country at 5.5 per game, while Louisiana Tech rates No. 50 at 7.7 per game.

Defensively, Louisiana Tech features the nation's No. 253-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.1 points per game. Utah State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 172 nationally in scoring at home.

Louisiana Tech was a 79-69 loser in its last match on the road against Nevada. They earned a push of the 10-point spread as underdogs. Louisiana Tech got 15 points from Romario Souza but lost anyway, 79-69, to Nevada on Saturday at Lawlor Events Center.

Utah State won its last outing, a 61-60 result against Hawaii on March 3. They earned a push in that game as a 1-point favorite. The Aggies grabbed a 61-60 win over the Warriors on Saturday, behind a 20-point effort from Brockeith Pane at Stan Sheriff Center.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
After playing Nevada are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Utah State Aggies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 10-0
After playing Hawaii are 8-2
After a win are 4-6

A few Bulldogs at Aggies trends to consider:
Utah State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Louisiana Tech
Utah State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games