The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (6-9, 1-3 SBC) can put an end to a five-game road losing streak when they clash with the Appalachian State Mountaineers (9-6, 3-1 SBC) at Holmes Convocation Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Monday, January 6, 2020.
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at Appalachian State Mountaineers Odds Preview
The Ragin’ Cajuns were victorious over the Troy Trojans in their last matchup, 79-62. Mylik Wilson was the top scorer from either team with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Louisiana played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 34.5 (above their season average of 27.2) and a free throw rate of 0.228 (below their season average of 0.272). Troy was 20.0 and 0.164, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Mountaineers’ previous game, they topped the Georgia Southern Eagles, 74-72. Appalachian State rallied around Justin Forrest, who was the game’s high scorer with 25 points on 8-for-23 shooting. Appalachian State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (below their season average of 28.8) and a free throw rate of 0.304 (above their season average of 0.242). Georgia Southern was 17.1 and 0.267, respectively, for those same stats.
Appalachian State should have the edge on the defensive side of the ball. The Mountaineers currently rank 80th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.461), while Louisiana is 225th in effective field goal percentage (0.490). Also, the Ragin’ Cajuns, who rank 51st in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.269), will face a tough challenge against the Mountaineers, who rank 53rd in opponents’ FTA rate (0.167).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after the Mountaineers won both meetings last season. In the last matchup, Appalachian State won 90-80. The Mountaineers dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a great turnover percentage of 9.3 and an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.403. For those same stats, the Ragin’ Cajuns were 16.3 and 0.254, respectively.
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Appalachian State, ATS Winner – Appalachian State, O/U – Over
The Ragin’ Cajuns and Mountaineers rank 50th in blocks allows per game (2.7).
Louisiana averages 22.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 134th in the NCAA. Appalachian State ranks 235th in three pointers allowed per game (25.5).
The Mountaineers rank 82nd in rebounds per game (38.1) while the Ragin’ Cajuns rank 166th in rebounds allowed per game (36.0).
Appalachian State ranks 48th in steals per game (8.1) while Louisiana ranks 107th in steals allowed per game (6.6).
The Mountaineers have been outscored by an average of 0.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Appalachian State has defeated opponents by an average of 5.3 points.
During their last five games, the Ragin’ Cajuns have scored an average of 69.2 points per game (3.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.0 points per game (3.6 below their season average).