Southland Tournament - McNeese State Cowboys visit Nicholls State Colonels in NCAA Basketball wagering battle
McNeese State Cowboys vs Nicholls State Colonels Odds
Nicholls State will look to improve on its 9-20 record on Wednesday when they host McNeese State in NCAA basketball odds action at Merrell Center.
It's a game in the Southland Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Merrell Center.
Supporters of the Cowboys have watched them go 13-16 and 0-2 ATS on the year, while the Colonels are at 9-20 and 1-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Colonels are 1-2, while the Cowboys have a 2-0 mark.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Colonels as 1-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Colonels sit at No. 324 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cowboys sit at No. 194 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Cowboys will win this game 66-64.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Nicholls State's No. 171-ranked scoring average of 67.6 PPG, against a Cowboys defense rated No. 260 and allowing 69.9 PPG. The Colonels FG% has averaged 44.1% to date this season, more than the Cowboys shooters have managed so far (41.7% per game).
Defensively, McNeese State features the nation's No. 314-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.9 points per game. Nicholls State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 121 nationally in scoring at home.
McNeese State was a 91-88 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Nicholls State. McNeese State got 34 points from Desharick Guidry en route to a 91-88 victory over Nicholls State on Saturday at Stopher Gym.
Nicholls State was a 91-88 loser in its last match at home against McNeese State. Fred Hunter was dynamite, scoring 32 points and adding 12 rebounds but McNeese State still won, 91-88, over Nicholls State on Saturday at Stopher Gym.