The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (6-1) will try to extend a five-game home winning streak when they challenge the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (3-3) at William R. Johnson Coliseum. Action begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 2, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN 3.
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Odds Preview
In the Warhawks last matchup, they beat the Jackson State Tigers, 65-52. Sam McDaniel was the top scorer from either team with 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Louisiana-Monroe dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.273 (above their season average of 0.148) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.602 (above their season average of 0.526). Jackson State was 0.103 and 0.397, respectively, for those same stats.
The Lumberjacks come in on a high note after defeating the North Dakota State Bison in their last contest, 54-50. Stephen F. Austin’s Leon Gilmore III played a key role with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Stephen F. Austin dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.346 (above their season average of 0.309) and a turnover percentage of 19.9 (better than their season average of 20.2). For those same stats, North Dakota State was 0.128 and 35.1, respectively.
Stephen F. Austin appears to have an advantage on the offensive glass in this showdown. The Lumberjacks rank 22nd in offensive rebounding percentage (35.8 percent), while Louisiana-Monroe ranks 206th in defensive rebounding percentage (70.5 percent) dating back to the 2016-17 season. Additionally, the Warhawks rank 279th in offensive efficiency (100.8), while the Lumberjacks rank 39th in defensive efficiency (97.1).
The Warhawks won the sole game against the Lumberjacks last season, 77-72. Louisiana-Monroe had a much better turnover percentage (15.0 vs. 23.1). Stephen F. Austin, on the other hand, did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (16-20; 80.0 percent).
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Stephen F. Austin, ATS Winner – Stephen F. Austin, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Lumberjacks rank 173rd in blocks per game (3.0) while the Warhawks rank 267th (2.1).
- Louisiana-Monroe ranks 149th in assists per game (13.8) while Stephen F. Austin ranks 234th (12.4).
- Stephen F. Austin ranks 21st in steals per game (8.0) while Louisiana-Monroe ranks 256th (5.1).
- The Warhawks rank 120th in three pointers attempted per game (22.2) while the Lumberjacks rank 289th (18.2).
- Stephen F. Austin ranks 12th in rebounds allowed per game (30.4) while Louisiana-Monroe ranks 144th (34.6).