Red-hot teams clash in the 2023 Sun Belt Tournament championship game on Monday when the eighth-seeded South Alabama Jaguars battle the No. 2 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. The Jaguars (19-15, 9-9), who have won 11 of their past 13 games, have reached the championship game for the first time since 2009. The Ragin' Cajuns (25-7, 13-5), who have won 15 of their past 18 games, are making their second consecutive appearance in the league's title game. Louisiana won both regular-season meetings with South Alabama, winning 79-76 on Jan. 14 and 74-64 on Feb. 24.
The game from the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Fla., will tip off at 7 p.m. ET. South Alabama is averaging 71.1 points per game, while Louisiana averages 78.3. The latest South Alabama vs. Louisiana odds from Caesars Sportsbook list the Ragin' Cajuns as 1.5-point favorites, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 139. Before locking in any Louisiana vs. South Alabama picks, you need to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer simulation model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Louisiana vs. South Alabama and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for South Alabama vs. Louisiana:
- South Alabama vs. Louisiana spread: Louisiana -1.5
- South Alabama vs. Louisiana over/under: 139 points
- South Alabama vs. Louisiana money line: Louisiana -125, South Alabama +105
- SA: The Jaguars are 6-0 against the spread in their last six neutral site games
- LA: The Ragin' Cajuns are 7-2 ATS in their last nine Monday games
- South Alabama vs. Louisiana picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Louisiana can cover
Senior forward Terence Lewis II is one of three Ragin' Cajuns averaging double-digit scoring. He scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the semifinal win over Texas State on Sunday night. He registered a double-double in the quarterfinal win over Georgia Southern, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. It was his eighth double-double of the year. For the season, he is averaging 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
Sophomore guard Themus Fulks helped Louisiana outlast Texas State in the semifinals, scoring five points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out five assists. For the season, he is averaging 8.9 points, three rebounds, six assists and one steal per game. In two games against South Alabama this season, Fulks averaged eight points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds. He's had two double-doubles this season, including a 13-point and 11-rebound performance in an 80-71 win at Arkansas State on Jan. 19.
Why South Alabama can cover
The Jaguars are led by senior guard Isaiah Moore, who scored 18 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists in Sunday's 75-66 semifinal win over James Madison. He has scored 17 points or more in each tournament game, including a 20-point and seven-assist performance in the 68-61 second-round win over Appalachian State on Thursday. He has reached double-digit scoring in 31 games, including 14 with 20 points or more and one with more than 30. For the season, he is averaging 18.5 points, 4.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Senior center Kevin Samuel, a transfer from Florida Gulf Coast, was a beast on the boards in the Sun Belt semifinals. He scored just four points, but grabbed 12 rebounds, and has reached double-digit scoring in three of the past five games. For the season, Samuel is averaging 10 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He has recorded 10 double-doubles on the season, including a 12-point and 15-rebound performance in the Sun Belt second-round win over Appalachian State.
How to make South Alabama vs. Louisiana picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 144 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 60% of the time. You can only see the model's picks at SportsLine.
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