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Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs Texas-Arlington Mavericks Preview

Texas-Arlington MavericksLouisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns
6-9January 11, 2014, 02:00 | Cajundome9-5

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Texas-Arlington when they take on the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

Louisiana-Lafayette battles the Mavericks, currently sitting with a 6-9 mark (4-5-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 5-3 for the Ragin Cajuns and 5-5 for the Mavericks.

View Texas-Arlington Mavericks vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Louisiana-Lafayette sat as -10.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 248-rated Texas-Arlington taking on the No. 162-rated Ragin Cajuns in this contest.

Texas-Arlington won its last outing, an 83-79 result against Louisiana-Monroe on January 9. They earned a push in that game as a 4-point favorite. Lonnie McClanahan scored 25 points for Texas-Arlington on Thursday, leading the Mavericks to an 83-79 win over Louisiana-Monroe at College Park Center.

Louisiana-Lafayette was a 103-98 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Louisiana-Monroe. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. Elfrid Payton was dynamite, scoring 34 points and adding 11 rebounds but Louisiana-Monroe still won, 103-98, over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Louisiana-Lafayette's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 84.93 PPG, against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 249 at 79.93 PPG. The Ragin Cajuns field goal percentage has averaged 47.22% so far, more than the Mavericks marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.72% per game.

A few Mavericks at Ragin Cajuns trends to consider:
Texas-Arlington is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
Texas-Arlington is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Louisiana-Lafayette is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Louisiana-Lafayette is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Texas-Arlington at Texas State, Saturday, January 18th
Louisiana-Lafayette at Texas State, Monday, January 13th