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Georgia State Panthers take on Ragin Cajuns in NCAA basketball test

Georgia State PanthersLouisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns
12-6January 23, 2014, 08:15 | Cajundome12-6

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Cajundome Thursday as host Louisiana-Lafayette looks to handle the Georgia State Panthers in NCAA hoops action.

The Ragin Cajuns sit at 12-6 (6-6 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Panthers are currently 12-6 (6-10 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Louisiana-Lafayette is 6-6 OU, and Georgia State is 9-7 OU.

View Georgia State Panthers vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Ragin Cajuns installed as 0-point in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 80-rated Ragin Cajuns and the No. 43-ranked Panthers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Georgia State won its last outing, a 99-73 result against Arkansas-Little Rock on January 18. They covered in that game as a 12-point favorite. The Panthers blew out Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 99-73 win at GSU Sports Arena.

Last time out for Louisiana-Lafayette, they were a 72-59 winner as they battled Troy on the road. They covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. Louisiana-Lafayette got 18 points from Shawn Long en route to a 72-59 victory over Troy on Saturday at Trojan Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Louisiana-Lafayette's No. 9 nationally ranked offense (83.61 points per game) against a Panthers defense that sits as the No. 174 at 71.44 PPG. The Ragin Cajuns have been averaging 47.35% from the field, less than the Panthers have managed so far this season (47.87% on average).

A few Panthers at Ragin Cajuns trends to consider:
Georgia State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Georgia State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Georgia State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Georgia State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Louisiana-Lafayette is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
Louisiana-Lafayette is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Georgia State at Louisiana-Monroe, Saturday, January 25th
Louisiana-Lafayette at Western Kentucky, Saturday, January 25th