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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Golden Panthers over Ragin Cajuns

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin CajunsFlorida International Golden Panthers
Jan 5, 7:30 PM | U.S. Century Bank Arena

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs Florida International Golden Panthers Odds


Louisiana-Lafayette travels to Florida International on Saturday, hoping to boost its 6-10 record with a victory over the Golden Panthers.

The Golden Panthers bring a 5-7 record (2-3-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 6-10 Ragin Cajuns, who are 6-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Florida International go 2-3 so far and the Ragin Cajuns go 6-1.

View Louisiana-Lafayette vs Florida International Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Ragin Cajuns were listed as 2.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Golden Panthers - Ragin Cajuns odds would favor the Ragin Cajuns if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Florida International is rated No. 287 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Louisiana-Lafayette is at No. 239. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 69-68 win for the Ragin Cajuns.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Ragin Cajuns is ranked No. 226 in NCAA hoops at 34.2 per game. Contrast that with Florida International’s No. 241 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Florida International is the No. 79-ranked team in the country at 7.2 per game, while Louisiana-Lafayette rates No. 148 at 6.4 per game.

Defensively, Louisiana-Lafayette features the nation's No. 272-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.4 points per game. Florida International, meanwhile, comes in at No. 134 nationally in scoring at home.

Louisiana-Lafayette was a 75-70 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Florida Atlantic. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. Elfrid Payton scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Ragin Cajuns to a win (they lost 75-70 to Florida Atlantic at FAU Arena on Thursday).

Florida International was an 88-72 winner in its last match at home against Florida A&M. Tymell Murphy scored 24 points and added 20 rebounds for a double-double, leading Florida International over Florida A&M, 88-72, on Wednesday at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing South Alabama are 2-8
After playing Florida Atlantic are 4-3
After a loss are 5-5

Florida International Golden Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After playing Florida A&M are 2-2
After a win are 2-8

A few Ragin Cajuns at Golden Panthers trends to consider:
Louisiana-Lafayette is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Florida Internati
Louisiana-Lafayette is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Florida International's last 8 games when playing Louisiana-Lafayette
Florida International is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games
Florida International is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Louisiana-Lafayette
Florida International is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Louisiana-Lafayette

Next up:
Louisiana-Lafayette home to South Alabama, Thursday, January 10
Florida International home to Bethune-Cookman, Monday, January 7