SBC foes will battle when the South Alabama Jaguars (15-11, 8-7 SBC) clash with the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (7-17, 3-12 SBC) at the Mitchell Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
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In the Warhawks’ last matchup, they edged the Troy Trojans, 74-71. Michael Ertel was the game’s high scorer with 23 points on 9-for-20 shooting. Louisiana-Monroe’s effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over Troy. The Warhawks had a rate of 0.559 (above their season average of 0.480), while the Trojans posted a mark of 0.462.
The Jaguars will look to keep it rolling after narrowly defeating the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in their last outing, 78-75. South Alabama received a boost from Trhae Mitchell, who led the team in scoring with 20 points on 7-for-17 shooting. South Alabama dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 34.2 (above their season average of 26.8) and a turnover percentage of 12.0 (better than their season average of 15.9). Louisiana was 30.6 and 12.7, respectively, for those same stats.
Half-court execution will be critical when two of the nation’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. South Alabama ranks 285th in possessions per game (67.2) and Louisiana-Monroe is 321st (65.9).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Warhawks won 69-49. Louisiana-Monroe had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (41.4 vs. 25.0). South Alabama, on the other hand, had a much better free throw rate (0.234 vs. 0.000). Ertel scored a game-high 39 points.
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs. South Alabama Jaguars ATS Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – South Alabama, ATS Winner – South Alabama, O/U – Under
The Jaguars rank 235th in rebounds per game (33.1) while the Warhawks rank 253rd (32.6).
Louisiana-Monroe ranks 225th in assists per game (11.3) while South Alabama ranks 231st (11.1).
South Alabama ranks 66th in steals per game (7.3) while Louisiana-Monroe ranks 229th (4.5).
The Warhawks rank 26th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while the Jaguars rank 152nd (3.9).
Louisiana-Monroe ranks 150th in three pointers allowed per game (21.8) while South Alabama ranks 274th (25.7).
The Jaguars’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.4, down from 3.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Warhawks have scored an average of 62.6 points per game (0.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.8 points per game (2.6 above their season average).