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Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns vs Appalachian State Mountaineers 12/30/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns vs Appalachian State Mountaineers 12/30/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (5-5) will take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers (6-7) in the Sun Belt Conference at Holmes Convocation Center Arena in Boone on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 6:30 PM ET.

 

Louisiana-Lafayette will be jamming against conference rival Appalachian State in the Sun Belt tournament after splitting their first ten outings this season. The Ragin’ Cajuns lost three of their last five contests including their recent versus 12th ranked Houston team.

 

Louisiana is in 9th place in the Sun Belt Conference with a 5-5 standing while winning just one of their last five road outings this season. The Ragin’ Cajuns chased an 18-point halftime lead behind the Cougars on the way to their 15-point loss at 56-71 on December 14.

 

Forward Jordan Brown posted a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds in leading Louisiana while PG Kentrell Garnett contributed 12 points for the Cajuns in the loss.

 

Louisiana-Lafayette recorded 33.3% (19/57) field goal shooting, 35.7% (10/280 efficiency from beyond the arc, and 66.7% (8/12) from the charity stripe.

 

The Ragin’ Cajuns hauled down 23 defensive boards while grabbing 14 offensive rebounds and dished out 11 assists. The defense for Louisiana ended up stopping 6 attempted shots while stealing the ball 3 times but committed 19 turnovers and 21 personal fouls in the losing effort.    

 

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Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns vs Appalachian State Mountaineers Predictions 12/30/2021

 

The Appalachian State Mountaineers will try to improve their record to .500 in hosting this Sun Belt Conference face-off versus rival team Louisiana-Lafayette. The Mountaineers lost three of their last five games played including a 50-70 loss to the UNC Tar Heels.

 

Appalachian State took 10th place behind Louisiana in the Sun Belt Conference with an overall standing at 6-7 while winning five of their last six home contests. The Mountaineers’ defense allowed 35 points scored per half by the Tar Heels while gaining a total of just 50 points heading to their 20-point defeat on December 21.

 

Guard Donovan Gregory scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in leading the offense for Appalachian State while Guard Adrian Delph added 10 points.

 

Appalachian State completed 20 of 64 (31.3%) FG shooting and converted only 4 of 30 (13.3%) shots from the 3-point range with 6 of 7 (85.7%) free-throw attempts.

 

The Mountaineers pulled down 33 total rebounds with 10 coming from the offensive side of the court while distributing a total of 8 assists in defeat. The defense for Appalachian State spoiled 5 shot attempts with 7 steals but lost the leather in 11 turnovers and committed 14 personal fouls in the match.         

 

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers. The NCAAB Pick for this contest is Appalachian State -3. Both teams struggled in their plays this season and both are chasing a win in the conference playoff-opening.

 

The Cajuns have a better offense but the Mountaineers’ defense allowed just 61.5 PPG which will be the key for the victory of Appalachian State in this match-up. The Mountaineers will deploy their tough defense to start a 1-0 conference record this season. The prediction: Appalachian State will win at 70-63.  

 

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Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns vs Appalachian State Mountaineers 12/30/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 6:30 PM ET

 

Location: Holmes Convocation Center Arena in Boone, NC

 

Date: Thursday, December 30, 2021

 

TV: ESPN+

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Appalachian State Mountaineers -3  

 

NCAAB Totals: 135.5  

 

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