Lamar vs Incarnate Word Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/12/24

Incarnate Word (7-16) vs Lamar (13-10)

Game Info: Monday, February 12, 2024 at 7:30 pm (Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center)

Betting Odds: Incarnate Word +5.5 -- Over/Under: 152.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Lamar Cardinals will play the Incarnate Word Cardinals in a Southland game on Monday night at the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas. Lamar has won four of their last five games, while Incarnate Word has lost three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Lamar vs Incarnate Word prediction. 

Lamar Preview

The Lamar Cardinals are 13-10 (7-3) this year after they defeated Nicholls by a score of 75-56 in their last game. Lamar led 30-28 at halftime and scored 45 points in the second half in the win. The Cardinals shot 47.5% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the game. Lamar lost to Texas A&M-CC by a score of 79-71 in the game prior to Nicholls, but did win the previous three games. The Cardinals are scoring 80.7 points per game with 38.4 rebounds per game and 16.7 assists per game, while allowing 74.9 points against per game this year. Chris Pryor is averaging 11.9 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game, and 3.4 assists per game. Lamar is shooting 45.7% from the field, 74.3% on free throws, and 37.1% on three pointers this season. 

Incarnate Word Preview

The Incarnate Word Cardinals are 7-16 (2-8) this season after they lost to Houston Christian by a score of 86-83 in their last game. Incarnate Word trailed 45-41 at the half, but they were able to score 42 points in the second half in the close loss. The Cardinals shot 49.2% from the field and were +10 in rebounding margin in the game. Incarnate Word lost to SELA by a score of 76-64 in the game prior to Houston Christian, but did beat New Orleans before that. The Cardinals are scoring 73.5 points per game with 35.2 rebounds per game and 12.5 assists per game, while giving up 78.3 points against per game this season. Sky Wicks is averaging 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. Incarnate Word is shooting 43.3% from the field, 74.9% on free throws, and 34.1% on three pointers this year. 

Incarnate Word Cardinals Team Facts

  • Incarnate Word has lost each of its last nine night games against Conference opponents.
  • Each of the last five night games between Lamar and Incarnate Word have produced a total of 134 or fewer points.
  • Incarnate Word has won the first half in each of its last five night games at Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center against non-AP-ranked opponents.

Lamar Cardinals Team Facts

  • The home team has won 11 of Lamar's last 12 games.
  • Four of Lamar's last five games have produced a total of 150 or fewer points.
  • Lamar has lost the first half in each of its last seven road games.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Lamar ranks 40th among Division 1 teams for opponent turnovers per game this season (14.7).
  • Lamar ranks T43rd among Division 1 teams for points per game this season (80.7).

Lamar vs Incarnate Word Betting Prediction

Incarnate Word comes into this matchup with a 2-8 conference record, which is last in the Southland standings. Lamar is 7-3 in conference play and they are currently tied for second place. Lamar is scoring over 80 points per game and they are shooting 45.7% from the field, while Incarnate Word is allowing 78.3 points against per game on defense. The Incarnate Word defense is going to be a problem in this game and they are only shooting 43.3% from the field, so I don’t like their chances of keeping up. Take Lamar on the road here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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