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Warhawks open as college hoops underdog vs Mavericks

Louisiana-Monroe WarhawksTexas-Arlington Mavericks
4-5January 09, 2014, 01:00 | College Park Center5-9

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Thursday when the Warhawks of Louisiana-Monroe hit the hard court against the Mavericks of Texas-Arlington.

The Mavericks sit at 5-9 (4-5 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Warhawks are currently 4-5 (5-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Texas-Arlington is 4-5 OU, and Louisiana-Monroe is 3-4 OU.

View Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs Texas-Arlington Mavericks Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Warhawks were listed as 3.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Mavericks at No. 248 and the Warhawks at No. 259 heading into this contest.

Louisiana-Monroe won its last outing, a 103-98 result against Louisiana-Lafayette on January 4. They covered in that game as a 4-point underdog. Tylor Ongwae scored 27 points and helped out with 11 rebounds for Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, leading the Warhawks to a 103-98 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

Texas-Arlington was a 72-70 loser in its last match at home against Arkansas-Little Rock. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Mavericks endured a 72-70 loss at the hands of the Trojans on Saturday, despite a 17-point effort from Lonnie McClanahan at College Park Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Texas-Arlington's No. 31-ranked scoring average of 79.93 PPG, against a Warhawks defense rated No. 199 and allowing 73.44 PPG. The Mavericks FG% has averaged 43.66% to date this season, more than the Warhawks shooters have managed so far (42.7% per game).

Next up:
Louisiana-Monroe home to Texas State, Saturday, January 11th
Texas-Arlington at Louisiana-Lafayette, Saturday, January 11th