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Ragin Cajuns open as college hoops underdog vs Red Wolves

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin CajunsArkansas State Red Wolves
19-11March 08, 2014, 08:05 | ASU Convocation Center18-11

The Arkansas State Red Wolves host Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, looking to build on their 18-11 mark against the 19-11 Ragin Cajuns in college hoops action at ASU Convocation Center.

The Red Wolves sit at 18-11 (11-12-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Ragin Cajuns are currently 19-11 (12-12 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Arkansas State is 11-12-1 OU, and Louisiana-Lafayette is 11-13 OU.

View Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs Arkansas State Red Wolves Odds and Stats.

Arkansas State opened as -4-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

This game puts the Red Wolves, most recently No. 29 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Ragin Cajuns, who rate No. 41 in the latest survey.

Louisiana-Lafayette lost its last outing, a 75-72 result against Western Kentucky on March 6. They failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point underdog. Elfrid Payton was dynamite, scoring 31 points and adding 13 rebounds but Western Kentucky still won, 75-72, over Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday at EA Diddle Arena.

Arkansas State was a 64-58 winner in its last match at home against Louisiana-Monroe. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as favorites. The Red Wolves got 17 points from Melvin Johnson III as Arkansas State ran past Louisiana-Monroe 64-58 on Thursday at ASU Convocation Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Arkansas State's No. 47 nationally ranked offense (75.69 points per game) against a Ragin Cajuns defense that sits as the No. 222 at 74.7 PPG. The Red Wolves have been averaging 44.83% from the field, less than the Ragin Cajuns have managed so far this season (46.73% on average).

A few Ragin Cajuns at Red Wolves trends to consider:
Louisiana-Lafayette is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Louisiana-Lafayette is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Louisiana-Lafayette is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisiana-Lafayette's last 6 games on the road
Arkansas State is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Arkansas State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Arkansas State is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Louisiana-Lafayette
Arkansas State is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing Louisiana-Lafayette