Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Panthers vs Ragin’ Cajuns CBB Odds
Looking for Georgia State Panthers vs. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Panthers taking on the Ragin’ Cajuns on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Cajundome, Lafeyette, Louisiana. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this Panthers Ragin’ Cajuns matchup.
16-7 (7-3 C) Georgia State Panthers vs. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns 13-10 (4-6 C)
Date: Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Cajundome, Lafayette, Louisiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: N/A
CBB Betting Odds: Georgia State -2
CBB Betting Total: 162
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The Sunbelt Conference leading Georgia State Panthers visit the Cajundome for an ESPN2 televised matchup vs. the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Friday night.
When these teams last met on January 10, Georgia State exited their home court with a hard-earned 89-76 win. Since, however, the Panthers have struggled, losing three of seven, as Troy, Texas State, and most recently UL Monroe each downed Rob Hunter’s squad.
Meanwhile, Louisiana has won just two of six since Jan. 10, including a blowout 103-86 home setback vs. Georgia Southern Wednesday night.
Friday’s contest will see two teams desperate to re-establish successful momentum as conference tournament play inches closer. Also noteworthy –five of Georgia State’s loses come on the road and overall the Eagles are 5-5 in host arenas.
Georgia State Panthers
Georgia State enjoyed a cush 13-8 three-point FGM edge and balanced scoring from its starting five to gain a decisive upper hand when it last held court opposite Louisiana. In that contest, Panthers standout D’Marcus Simonds added 21 points.
Simonds’ offensive effort was bolstered by senior teammates Jeff Thomas (17 pts), Malik Benlevi (15), and Devin Mitchell (13).
The Panther’s reserves, however, ensured victory by outpacing their Cajun counterparts 15-3 in points scored. Senior Jordan Tyson (8) and rising freshman Nelson Phillips (7) provided X-factor performances to help Georgia State log its twelfth win of the season.
As those wins have slowed, the Panthers dropped an 82-76 road meeting vs. middling UL Monroe Wednesday night. UL Monroe rode the 36-point outburst of Daishone Smith, along with a plus-13 FTM and plus-10 rebounding advantage to upset undisciplined Georgia State
Opposite another middling opponent, which they also beat at home earlier this season, Georgia State must remain composed and focused to ensure a season series sweep.
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
As proven by UL Monroe, and a handful of other opponents of late, Georgia State can be out-hustled and ultimately defeated by a team sporting a lesser record. Much like the Panthers, Louisiana enjoyed early-season success only to regress in a tightly-packed Sun Belt Conference.
Friday’s prime time ESPN2 showdown will show if Louisiana has the mettle to make a late run toward an automatic NCAA Tournament birth.
Though talks of an auto-bid are premature when noting Louisiana’s three-straight lopsided defeats.
After being outscored 303-242 by mediocre-to-bad opposition, even with home-court advantage Friday, the Cajuns must prove they can reverse their recent lackluster fortunes.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Georgia State is 2-3 SU in their last 5 games overall.
- Louisiana is 2-3 SU in their last 5 games overall.
- Georgia State is 10-11 ATS this season.
- Louisiana is (7-12-1) ATS this season
Free Georgia State Eagles vs. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns NCAAB Prediction:
As mentioned, each team peaked in January only to backslide into this crucial meeting. Considering this, the winner may not be the most talented team, but the most determined. One major factor, however, in Louisiana’s favor is home-court advantage against an opponent with several road setbacks.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Georgia State -2
Though, even before a pro-Cajun crowd, the vulnerable conference-leading Eagles will survive this nationally-televised showdown by a slim margin.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Georgia State 87 – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns 81
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