The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (9-12, 3-7 SBC) visit W.S. Hanner Fieldhouse to square off against the Georgia Southern Eagles (16-8, 7-4 SBC). The Warhawks are 12-point underdogs and will attempt to end a nine-game road losing streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 137 points and it is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Georgia Southern Eagles ATS Odds
Both teams lost in their last game. The Eagles lost a winnable game to the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 91-89, while the Warhawks were blown out by the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, 80-59.
Louisiana-Monroe had a turnover percentage of 9.6 (better than their season average of 16.6) while Georgia Southern had a better offensive rebounding percentage (35.9 vs. 34.2). Georgia Southern rallied around Mike Hughes, who recorded 27 points and six rebounds. Meanwhile, Jordon Harris played well for Louisiana-Monroe, recording 16 points.
When considering effective field goal percentage, Georgia Southern should have a noteworthy advantage. The Eagles defense ranks 49th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.476), while the Louisiana-Monroe offense is ranked 185th in effective field goal percentage (0.511).
Warhawks games have a slight tendency to go over the projected point total (53.8 percent). Louisiana-Monroe holds records of 9-12 straight up (SU) and 5-8 against the spread (ATS).
Eagles games have typically gone under the O/U total (61.1 percent). Georgia Southern is 16-8 SU, but they have a difficult time covering the spread (8-10 ATS).
The Eagles dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the last game, Georgia Southern won 76-62. Georgia Southern’s 0.245 free throw rate was their largest strength over Louisiana-Monroe, who had a mark of 0.065. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs. Georgia Southern Eagles ATS Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Georgia Southern, ATS Winner – Georgia Southern, O/U – Under
Georgia Southern ranks 30th in rebounds per game (39.2) while Louisiana-Monroe ranks 230th (33.2).
The Eagles rank 108th in blocks per game (3.4) while the Warhawks rank 182nd in blocks allowed per game (4.4).
Georgia Southern allows the fifth-fewest steals per game (4.3) while Louisiana-Monroe ranks 58th (5.5).
The Eagles rank 36th in assists allowed per game (11.4) while the Warhawks rank 216th (15.1).
Georgia Southern ranks 102nd in three pointers attempted per game (23.3) while Louisiana-Monroe ranks 233rd in three pointers allowed per game (24.0).
Georgia Southern is 2-2 ATS at home, while Louisiana-Monroe is 2-6 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 3 of the Eagles’ 4 home games, while 5 of the Warhawks’ 8 road games have gone under.
In their last five games, Louisiana-Monroe and Georgia Southern have both had 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Warhawks are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Eagles are 2-3.
During their last five games, the Warhawks have scored an average of 65.0 points per game (4.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.2 points per game (1.6 above their season average).
The Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.2, down from 8.3 for the season.