Lamar vs. Nicholls - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Lamar vs. Nicholls - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Nicholls Colonels (21-10) at Lamar Cardinals (17-15)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Leonard E. Merrell Center)

The Line: Nicholls Colonels -1.5 -- Over/Under: 142 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Lamar Cardinals and Nicholls Colonels meet Thursday in the college basketball Southland Tournament at the Leonard E. Merrell Center.

The Lamar Cardinals look for another win after beating McNeese on Wednesday. The Lamar Cardinals are averaging 72 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 69.9 points on 43.3 percent shooting. TJ Atwood is averaging 16.7 points and 6.9 rebounds while Davion Buster is averaging 14.7 points and 2.8 rebounds. Avery Sullivan is the third double-digit scorer and Anderson Kopp is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Lamar Cardinals are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Lamar Cardinals are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The Lamar Cardinals have split their last six non-home games.

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The Nicholls Colonels look for another win after winning seven of their last eight games. The Nicholls Colonels are averaging 77 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 69.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Dexter McClanahan is averaging 13.8 points and 2.7 rebounds while Andre Jones is averaging 11.9 points and 2.5 rebounds. Elvis Harvey Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Warith Alatishe is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Nicholls Colonels are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Nicholls Colonels are allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The Nicholls Colonels have split their last six non-home games.

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The Nicholls Colonels won both meetings this season and they've been head and shoulders the more consistent team from start to finish. The Nicholls Colonels finished up the regular season hot offensively, and they're also a solid 16-11 against the spread on the season and 12-5 against the spread in non-home games. The Lamar Cardinals have to play while their opponent has the rest advantage, and they lose by an average of 8.8 points while shooting 40 percent from the field as an underdog. The Nicholls Colonels are 4-1 against the spread this season when a favorite of less than five points. I'll gladly lay the bucket. 

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