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McNeese State Cowboys visit Lamar Cardinals in NCAAB hoops battle

McNeese State CowboysLamar Cardinals
March 10, 3:00 PM | Merrell Center

McNeese State Cowboys vs Lamar Cardinals Odds

17-14TEAM RECORD22-11

McNeese State travels to Lamar on Saturday, hoping to boost its 17-14 record with a victory over the Cardinals.

This game is part of the Southland Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Merrell Center.

The Cardinals currently sports a 22-11 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-1 ATS. The Cowboys are 17-14 and 3-0 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cardinals produce a 3-2 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Cowboys have gone 2-1 against the number.

View McNeese State vs Lamar Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Cowboys listed as 5.5-point underdogs

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 94-rated McNeese State taking on the No. 40-rated Cardinals in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 76-70 win for the Cardinals on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Lamar's No. 43-ranked scoring average of 74.1 PPG, against a Cowboys defense rated No. 129 and allowing 65.8 PPG. The Cardinals FG% has averaged 43.4% to date this season, more than the Cowboys shooters have managed so far (42.6% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, McNeese State owns the country's No. 165-rated mark, allowing 69.2 points per game on the highway. Lamar, on the other hand, rates No. 41 in scoring at home.

McNeese State was a 92-72 winner in its last match on the road against Texas-Arlington. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. McNeese State cruised to victory on Thursday, running Texas-Arlington out of the gym and running up a 92-72 score at Merrell Center.

Last time out for Lamar, they were a 55-44 winner as they battled Stephen F. Austin on the road. They covered in the match as a 2-point favorite. Lamar got 17 points from Anthony Miles en route to a 55-44 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Thursday at Merrell Center.