McNeese State at Lamar - 3/11/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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McNeese State Cowboys (15-16) at Lamar Cardinals (16-15)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Leonard E. Merrell Center)
The Line: Lamar Cardinals +1 -- Over/Under: 147
The McNeese State Cowboys (15-16, 10-10 CONF) and the Lamar Cardinals (16-15, 10-10 CONF) will meet on Wednesday, March 11th for the 1st Round of the Southland Conference Tournament. The game will be played at a neutral site location at Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, TX. The game is scheduled for an 8:30 PM ET start time.
McNeese State and Lamar ended their regular seasons by playing each other. McNeese went on the road to Lamar and defeated them, 70-66. McNeese State has won three of its last four games overall. Lamar has lost back-to-back games heading into the tourney. Both teams are 10-10 in conference play, therefore this should be a tight game between two teams looking to make noise in the Southland.
McNeese scores 80.0 points per game on 50.0n percent field goal shooting this season. McNeese’s leading scorer and rebounder is F Sha’Markus Kennedy, who scores 18.6 points per game and earns 10.8 rebounds per game. McNeese allows 74.5 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +5.5 scoring differential so far this season. McNeese also earns 36.0 rebounds, 16.7 assists, 3.9 blocks, and 6.7 steals per game as a team.
Lamar scores 72.0 points per game on 43.6 percent field goal shooting this season. Lamar’s leading scorer is G T.J. Atwood, who scores 16.7 points per game. The leading rebounder for Lamar is F Avery Sullivan, who earns 8.1 rebounds per game. Lamar allows 69.9 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +2.1 scoring differential so far this season. Lamar also earns 35.4 rebounds, 13.4 assists, 4.6 blocks, and 8.9 steals per game as a team.
McNeese State is 14-12 against the spread this season and 3-7 against the spread in their last ten games. Lamar is 13-13-1 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. These teams split the season series, and they will both be playing in their first neutral-site game so far this season.
Lamar is the underdog for good reason. Any road game is tough in college basketball, so the win for McNeese State at Lamar on March 7th is definitely a big reason as to why I am taking McNeese State here. With the better offense, I think McNeese can push away from Lamar late and pull out the victory.