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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin CajunsWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
19-10March 06, 2014, 08:00 | EA Diddle Arena19-10

Louisiana-Lafayette travels to Western Kentucky on Thursday, hoping to boost its 19-10 record with a victory over the Hilltoppers.

Supporters of the Ragin Cajuns have watched them go 19-10 and 12-11 ATS on the year, while the Hilltoppers are at 19-10 and 10-16-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Hilltoppers are 14-12-1, while the Ragin Cajuns have a 11-12 mark.

View Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds and Stats.

The Hilltoppers were listed as -3.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

This game matches up the No. 109 (Hilltoppers) and the No. 41 (Ragin Cajuns) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Louisiana-Lafayette was a 102-76 winner in its last match at home against South Alabama. They covered the 9-point spread as favorites. Louisiana-Lafayette cruised to victory on Sunday, running South Alabama out of the gym and running up a 102-76 score at Cajundome.

Western Kentucky lost its last outing, an 80-73 result against Texas-Arlington on March 1. They failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite. Western Kentucky got 17 points from T.J. Price but lost anyway, 80-73, to Texas-Arlington on Saturday at College Park Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Western Kentucky has the nation's No. 178-rated offensive output, at 68.76 PPG. The visiting Ragin Cajuns defense ranks No. 223 allowing on average 74.69 PPG. The Hilltoppers FG% has averaged 41.32% so far, less than the Ragin Cajuns marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.15% per game.

A few Ragin Cajuns at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Louisiana-Lafayette is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Louisiana-Lafayette is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Louisiana-Lafayette is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Louisiana-Lafayette is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Western Kentucky
Western Kentucky is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
Western Kentucky is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Western Kentucky's last 10 games
Western Kentucky is 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas State, Saturday, March 8th
Western Kentucky at Georgia State, Saturday, March 8th