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College Basketball Matchup - South Alabama Jaguars Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Odds Preview

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin CajunsSouth Alabama Jaguars
11-5January 16, 2014, 08:05 | Mitchell Center6-11

College hoops betting interest focuses on the South Alabama vs Louisiana-Lafayette battle Thursday at Mitchell Center as the Jaguars look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Ragin Cajuns will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 5-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Jaguars are 4-10 ATS. Louisiana-Lafayette is 5-5 on the totals; South Alabama is 4-10.

View Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs South Alabama Jaguars Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Ragin Cajuns were listed as 0-point earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Jaguars - Ragin Cajuns odds would favor the Jaguars if the lines were set according to our power ranks. South Alabama is rated No. 143 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Louisiana-Lafayette is at No. 170.

Louisiana-Lafayette was an 81-58 winner in their most recent outing at home against Texas State. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites. The Ragin Cajuns blew out Texas State on Monday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 81-58 win at Cajundome.

Last time out for South Alabama, they were a 72-60 loser as they battled Arkansas State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 5-point underdog. Aakim Saintil scored 10 points in a futile effort to lead the Jaguars to a win (they lost 72-60 to Arkansas State at ASU Convocation Center on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
The game also pits South Alabama's No. 195-ranked offense, averaging 69.53 PPG, against a Ragin Cajuns defense that ranks No. 226 at 75.88 PPG. The Jaguars field goal percentage has averaged 39.02% so far, less than the Ragin Cajuns marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.56% per game.

A few Ragin Cajuns at Jaguars trends to consider:
Louisiana-Lafayette is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
Louisiana-Lafayette is 3-16 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Louisiana-Lafayette is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing South Alabama
Louisiana-Lafayette is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing South Alabama
South Alabama is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
South Alabama is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of South Alabama's last 5 games
South Alabama is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games at home

Next up:
Louisiana-Lafayette at Troy, Saturday, January 18th
South Alabama at Louisiana-Monroe, Saturday, January 18th