UL Monroe Warhawks (7-4) vs LSU Tigers (7-3)Date : 12/28/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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UL Monroe Warhawks vs LSU Tigers
The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks will travel to Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to face the LSU Tigers on Friday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Tigers are winners of four of the last five games, overall, while also be winners of their last two games as they picked up a huge victory over the Furman Paladins in what was a blowout win at home as they shot only 4-13 from three-point range yet went over 55% shooting from the floor in the contest as Tremont Waters led the team off the bench with 20 points along with five rebounds and seven assists for the Tigers.
On the other hand, the Warhawks of Louisiana-Monroe have won four the last 5 games as well while they also come into this matchup winners of four straight games as they picked up a win over the Coppin State Eagles at home in their last outing due to stellar shooting in the first half which allowed them to go into the break with a 10-point lead along with shooting 50% from both the field as well as from three-point range for the game as they were able to pick up the much-needed victory while also getting much-needed momentum as well.
UL Monroe Warhawks's Latest Performance :
Speaking of top-level competition, when one analyzes the schedule thus far for the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, they will quickly see the tale of the tape thus far in the 2018 season for this team. Aside from a loss to Tennessee Tech earlier in the season, Louisiana Monroe’s additional three losses were to top-level competition teams from the Big 12 in the Texas Longhorns as well as from the SEC in the Mississippi Rebels along with the Mississippi State Bulldogs. In those games, the offense for the War Hawks posted just 58 points while the defense allowed an average of 79 points. Other than those games, Louisiana-Monroe’s offensive attack has rolled over opponents in averaging 80 points per game while giving up only 55 points in their remaining seven contests during a ten game stretch.
With that being said, while much can be said for the way in which this team has performed thus far in their 2018 campaign, one can certainly see that this team has benefited from an easy schedule thus far. Nonetheless, they will now face a LSU team that represents a conference to where they have not played well against; Yet, will be looking to win their fifth straight game on Friday night, nonetheless.
In the last outing versus the Coppin State Eagles, the Aarhawks had a relatively easy time putting away the visitors early on the Eagles would take a 10-point halftime lead, as stated, and state while cruising to victory behind 32 points from Travis Munnings as he had a monster of a game in going 10-16 from the field while also going 8-10 from three-point range in addition to pulling down 7 rebounds. Daishon Smith finished the game with 19 points while going 7-19 while also having six rebounds along with 5 assists in the win. As stated, the War Hawks were able to out shoot the Eagles throughout the matchup as they shot over 50% from both the field as well as from three point range. On the other hand, Coppin State could only convert on 8 of 20 attempts from long-range while shooting 39% from the floor as a team as Lamar Logan led the team with 19 points as he went 8 – 13 from the floor for the night. It will be interesting to see if the War Hawks are able to translate this momentum from their current winning streak into this matchup vs an LSU Tigers team that is looking to make some noise in the SEC in 2018.
LSU Tigers's Latest Performance :
Which nine wins on the season, the LSU Tigers have certainly maintained a solid style of play in 2018, particularly on the defensive end of the floor as they are allowing teams to score just 70 points on 42% shooting on a nightly basis. Furthermore, the defense for the Tigers have allowed 60 points or less in three of their last five games, overall, as they enter this matchup fresh off of a blowout victory at home versus the Furman Paladins, as stated. In this contest, leading scorer Skyler Mays went 7-10 from the floor while ending with 16 points in the night yet Tremont Waters came off the bench in which to provide a huge scoring 20 points for the contest while also pulling down five rebounds in addition to having seven assists. In addition to this, the Tigers also outshot the Paladins by a 56% to 39% margin while LSU outrebounded the Paladins heavily by a 40-20 advantage. In all, the Tigers were able to win exactly as they drew it up with their defense being the tip of the spear for a team that tends to struggle in the offensive end, particularly against top level competition.
How UL Monroe Warhawks & LSU Tigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Louisiana-Monroe is 5 – 5 ATS while the OU is 4 – 5
LSU is 5 – 6 – 1 ATS while the OU is 5 – 6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
As stated, this will be an interesting matchup as the Warhawks certainly need a much better performance than they have Illustrated against some of the higher echelon teams in the nation. With that being the case, the LSU Tigers enter this game winners of five of their last six home games with their only loss coming versus the Houston Cougars as they fell by six points. Nonetheless, look for this to be a very exciting match-up as LSU will certainly want to come out and assert themselves on the defensive end of the floor in which to neutralize a potentially dangerous offense for the War Hawks.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks +16
My reason for the pick :
With LSU being 1-3 against the spread in the last four home games to where there were favored by 10 or more points,I will back the visitors in this as I happen to believe that they are due for a much better performance versus what will be the third SEC team that they have faced this season. Of course, in their prior two outings, they certainly did not perform well at all; However, look for them to show and prove in this matchup vs LSU as they will serve to make this game interesting before the Tigers will ultimately seal the victory late in the game by hitting some big shots down the stretch while remaining solid on the defensive end.
Totals Selection: Pick; Under 144.5
My reason for the prediction :
In my opinion, LSU has been one of the more dominant teams within the SEC thus far as it relates to defensive stats. With that being the case, look for them two begin to exert their defensive prowess onto a Louisiana-Monroe team that has shown that they can fold a bit when faced with top-ranked competition, as stated. With that being the case, look for the under to be strong play in this matchup as LSU will also experience bit of turbulence as they seek to make some headway versus a Warhawks defense that is allowing opponents to score less than 70 points per game on 40% shooting from the floor.
Betting trends for UL Monroe Warhawks:
- Under is 12-3-1 in Warhawks last 16 vs. Southeastern.
Under is 36-15 in Warhawks last 51 road games.
Betting trends for LSU Tigers:
- Tigers are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 Fri. games.
Tigers are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games.