Northwestern State Demons (1-12) at McNeese State Cowboys (6-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Burton Coliseum)
The Line: McNeese State Cowboys -1 -- Over/Under: 158.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Northwestern State Demons and the McNeese State Cowboys meet in college basketball action from Burton Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
The Northwestern State Demons come into this one with a record of 1-12 after a 75-67 loss to Incarnate Word last time out. Trenton Massner leads the Demons in scoring with 12 PPG along with 4.5 RPG while Jairus Roberson has 11.5 PPG making up the pair of double-digit scorers for Northwestern State up to this point in the year. Jamaure Gregg also has 8.6 PPG for the Demons with 5.2 RPG while Kendal Coleman has a team-high 7.2 RPG this season. As a team, Northwestern State is averaging 69.5 PPG on 38.7% shooting from the field, 32.4% from 3-point range and 66.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 83.4 PPG on 46.7% shooting from the field and 33.5% from 3-point range this season.
The McNeese State Cowboys will look to bounce back from an 81-67 loss to Central Arkansas last time out. Dru Kuxhausen leads the Cowboys in scoring with 14 PPG while Keyshawn Feazell is 2nd in scoring while leading the Cowboys in rebounding putting up 13.1 PPG as well as 13 RPG and A.J. Lawson has 11.7 PPG with 5.3 RPG and a team-high 4.3 APG this season. Collin Warren has 11.4 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for McNeese State heading into Saturday’s matchup while Chris Orlina has 9.9 PPG with 4.5 RPG and 3 APG, Carlos Rosario has 9.4 PPG and 5.2 RPG and Braelon Bush has 8.4 PPG with 4.2 APG this season. As a team, McNeese State is averaging 90.6 PPG on 50.4% shooting from the field, 39.5% from 3-point range and 63.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66 PPG on 42.1% shooting from the field and 30.3% from 3-point range this season.
Northwestern State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games while the over is 13-4 in their last 17 road games. McNeese State is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the over is 16-5 in their last 21 home games. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
This game, should you choose to pick a side on it, is all about the lesser of two evils. Do you back a one win Northwestern State team where the one win came against a subdivision opponent but the Demons have scheduled up for a lot of their schedule, or a six-win McNeese State team that has all six wins against subdivision opponents. Well, Northwestern State’s also not done very well against teams on their own level as well, and I just think that while McNeese’s list of wins doesn’t have a ton of weight to it, I think the Cowboys are talented enough to get a win and cover in this spot so I’ll lay the point with the Cowboys in this one.