The North Carolina Central Eagles (3-9) look to snap their nine-game road losing streak when they clash with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (7-3), who will try to extend their five-game home winning streak. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.
North Carolina Central Eagles at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs ATS Preview
In the Eagles’ last contest, they lost big to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 91-71. With 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting, Jibri Blount led North Carolina Central in scoring. Coastal Carolina did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (18-19; 94.7 percent). North Carolina Central, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 46.2 (above their season average of 27.4).
The Bulldogs hope to keep it rolling after blowing out the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in their last matchup, 77-59. With 26 points on 10-for-12 shooting, DaQuan Bracey was the top scorer from either team. The Bulldogs held the Ragin’ Cajuns to an effective field goal percentage of 0.361 (below their season average of 0.507) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.0 (below their season average of 28.7).
Looking at effective field goal percentage, Louisiana Tech should have a significant edge. The Bulldogs defense ranks 20th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.434), while the North Carolina Central offense is ranked 295th in effective field goal percentage (0.471). Ball security could be troublesome for the Eagles. They rank 336th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 23.7 percent), while the Bulldogs force the 53rd-most turnovers in the NCAA (opponents’ turnover percentage of 23.0 percent).
North Carolina Central Eagles vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Odds Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Louisiana Tech, ATS Winner – North Carolina Central, O/U – Under
The Bulldogs rank 41st in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while the Eagles rank 122nd (3.7).
Louisiana Tech ranks 31st in steals allowed per game (5.3) while North Carolina Central ranks 97th (6.3).
Louisiana Tech ranks 31st in rebounds per game (40.0) while North Carolina Central ranks 228th (32.6).
The Bulldogs rank 63rd in three pointers attempted per game (25.1) while the Eagles rank 228th (18.8).
Louisiana Tech ranks 49th in assists per game (15.3) while North Carolina Central ranks 166th (12.3).
The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.0, down from 15.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Eagles have scored an average of 70.2 points per game (6.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 69.8 points per game (1.1 above their season average).