Lamar vs. McNeese State - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Lamar vs. McNeese State - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

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

TV: ESPN+

The McNeese State Cowboys and the Lamar Cardinals meet in a Southland Conference tournament first round matchup in college basketball action from the Merrell Center on Wednesday night.

The McNeese State Cowboys enter the conference tournament as the #7-seed, finishing the year with a 10-10 mark in conference play as part of their 15-16 overall record this season. Sha’markus Kennedy leads McNeese in scoring and rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 18.6 PPG and 10.8 RPG while Dru Kuxhausen has 15.2 PPG and A.J. Lawson is 3rd in scoring and tops in assists with 14.7 PPG and 4.3 APG this season. As a team, McNeese State is averaging 80 points on 50% shooting from the field, 40.5% shooting from 3-point range and 72.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 74.5 points on 43% shooting from the field and 35.5% from 3-point range this season.

The Lamar Cardinals come into the tournament as a #6-seed, finishing the year with a 10-10 conference mark of their own, only winning out on the higher seed because of a tiebreaker, as part of their 16-15 overall record this season. T.J. Atwood leads Lamar in scoring with 16.7 PPG while Davion Buster has 14.7 PPG and Avery Sullivan has 12.1 PPG and a team-high 8.1 RPG this season. Anderson Kopp is averaging 10.6 PPG and V.J. Holmes is Lamar’s 5th double-digit scorer this season with 10.3 PPG as well as a team-high 4.8 APG this season. As a team, Lamar is averaging 72 points on 43.6% shooting from the field, 32.9% from 3-point range and 70.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.9 points on 43.3% shooting from the field and 34.5% from 3-point range this season.

The road team’s won both meetings between the two this season, so on a neutral floor that obviously cancels out. I get that Lamar has the better scoring depth and are better defensively, but the problem for me is that we’re only being asked to lay a point with a McNeese State team that’s one of the best teams in the country in terms of shooting the basketball. Record aside, it’s not often that you get a near pick ‘em with a team that’s top-5 in the country in shooting from the field and 3-ppoint range, two areas that Lamar isn’t the best in defending. I just think that the Cowboys end up being too much offensively for Lamar, so I’ll lay the point with the Cowboys here.

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Chris’s Pick McNeese State -1

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