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College basketball point spread favors Ragin Cajuns in battle with Bobcats

Texas State BobcatsLouisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns
5-11January 13, 2014, 07:00 | Cajundome10-5

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Louisiana-Lafayette vs Texas State battle Monday at Cajundome as the Ragin Cajuns look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Bobcats will try to spoil to the party on Monday; they are 3-8 ATS against the number this season, while the Ragin Cajuns are 4-5 ATS. Texas State is 4-7 on the totals; Louisiana-Lafayette is 5-4.

View Texas State Bobcats vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Odds and Stats.

The Ragin Cajuns were listed as -10.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Ragin Cajuns sit at No. 170 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bobcats sit at No. 207 on the same chart.

In their last action, Louisiana-Lafayette was a 90-70 winner at home against Texas-Arlington. They covered the 9.5-point spread as favorites. The Ragin Cajuns blew out Texas-Arlington on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 90-70 win at Cajundome.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Louisiana-Lafayette has the nation's No. 9-rated offensive output, at 85.27 PPG. The visiting Bobcats defense ranks No. 62 allowing on average 66 PPG. The Ragin Cajuns FG% has averaged 47.12% so far, more than the Bobcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.04% per game.

A few Bobcats at Ragin Cajuns trends to consider:
Texas State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Texas State is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Louisiana-Lafayette is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
Louisiana-Lafayette is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Texas State home to Texas-Arlington, Saturday, January 18th
Louisiana-Lafayette at South Alabama, Thursday, January 16th