Incarnate Word Cardinals (3-4) at Northwestern State Demons (1-11)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Prather Coliseum)
The Line: Northwestern State Demons -7.5 -- Over/Under: 147.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Incarnate Word Cardinals and the Northwestern State Demons meet Wednesday in college basketball action from Prather Coliseum.
Incarnate Word enters this game at 3-4 so far. The Cardinals are coming off consecutive wins over McMurry in their last two outings. As for Northwestern State, they’re just 1-11 this year. The Demons are riding a six-game losing streak, most recently falling to Houston Baptist. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Incarnate Word kicked off the year with a loss to Rice, then got a win over Our Lady of the Lake 84-71. After that came three straight losses for the Cardinals to Wyoming, Texas State and Texas Tech. Incarnate Word has bounced back in their last pair with wins over McMurry 92-71 and 81-54.
In the Friday win over McMurry, Incarnate Word’s leading contributor was Marcus Larsson with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Keaston Willis added 19 points with six assists and four boards, and Logan Bracamonte managed 13 points with three rebounds and one assist for the Cardinals.
Over on the Northwestern State side, they’re having a rough year to say the least. The Demons lost their first five games to Texas Tech, TX-Arlington, LA Tech, TCU and LA-Monroe before a win over Champion. Since then it’s been six straight losses for Northwestern State, most recently against Houston Baptist 99-93 on Saturday.
In the loss to the Huskies, Northwestern State’s Larry Owens led the team on 24 points with four rebounds and one assist. Trenton Massner posted 22 points with seven rebounds and four assists, and Brian White chipped in with nine points, three rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes on the court.
The Demons are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Wednesday games. The over is 4-1 in Northwestern State’s last five Wednesday games and 12-4 in their last 16 games overall.
Meanwhile, Incarnate Word is 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and the over is 5-0 in their last five road games. The over is 7-1 in the Cardinals’ last eight overall and the under is 5-2 in their last seven after a straight-up win.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on Northwestern State here. On the surface there’s not much intrigue in this matchup, but it should be a pretty good game. Incarnate Word is coming off a couple of solid offensive performances, but they’ve also notched a few duds on the scoreboard this year. Northwestern State has 78 or more points in two of their last three, and I think this is a good opportunity for the Demons to post another solid offensive outing in a cover.