Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Ragin’ Cajuns versus the Mountaineers? Tip off is at at 4:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Holmes Convocation Center in Boone, NC. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 144.5 points, and Appalachian State is favored by -7 to win at home against Louisiana-Lafayette.

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE RAGIN’ CAJUNS VS APPALACHIAN STATE MOUNTAINEERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Appalachian State Mountaineers -7

This game will be played at Holmes Convocation Center at 4:30 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE APPALACHIAN STATE MOUNTAINEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Mountaineers.
  • Not only will Appalachian State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -7.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 144.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.

Can Louisiana-Lafayette Deliver Being Underdogs on the Road?

Despite being the underdog, Louisiana-Lafayette has been solid on the road this season, going 6-7. Over their last ten road games, the Ragin’ Cajuns have gone 5-5, and they have won their last three road contests.

On the season, Louisiana-Lafayette is 17-9, and they have won their last two games. In Sun Belt play, they have gone 10-4, compared to 7-5 in non-conference action.

As the underdog, Louisiana-Lafayette has gone 7-5 vs. the spread this season and they have an overall ATS record of 15-10. On the road, the Ragin’ Cajuns are 8-5 vs. the spread this year and they have a perfect 3-0 ATS mark in their last three road games.

Today’s over/under line of 144.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Louisiana-Lafayette’s games this season (149.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 140 points compared to their season average of 148.4 points per game. So far this year, the over/under record in their games is 12-13.

In contrast to their season average of 77.3 points per game, the Louisiana-Lafayette had a below average performance. They scored 68 points against Old Dominion and had a field goal percentage of 35.9%. Currently leading the team in scoring is Kobe Julien who comes into today’s matchup averaging 18. Joe Charles also heads into the game with a PPG average of 11.5.

In terms of defense, Louisiana-Lafayette is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 70.3 points per game. The Louisiana-Lafayette defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 60 points and allowed Old Dominion to connect on 4 threes.

Taking a Look at the Mountaineers Chances at Home

Appalachian State has been dominant at home this season, going 12-1. They have a +12.8 average scoring margin at home, and they have won their last seven games at home.

Overall, the Mountaineers are 21-5, and they have won two straight games. In Sun Belt play, they are 11-2, and their record as the favorite is 17-4.

Appalachian State has an ATS record of 14-11 this season and they are 7-6 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Mountaineers have gone 5-5 ATS.

Appalachian State’s over/under record this season is 14-11 and today’s over/under line of 144.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (142.1). So far, 15 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 154 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 1-2.

In contrast to their season average of 78.4 points per game, the Appalachian State had a below average performance. They scored 73 points against Marshall and had a field goal percentage of 50.9%. Offensively, the Mountaineers hold a season-long field goal percentage of 47%, placing them 76th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 275th in terms of percentage and 268th in three-pointers made.

At this time, the Mountaineers’ defense is positioned 46th in the country, permitting 66.5 points per game. So far, the Appalachian State defense is giving up an average of 8.9 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.5 times per game (457th).