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Incarnate Word vs Lamar Prediction Basketball Picks 2-12-24

Lamar Cardinals (13-10) vs. Incarnate Word Cardinals (7-16)
February 12, 2024 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Incarnate Word Cardinals +4.5 ; Over/Under: -
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The Lamar Cardinals and the Incarnate Word Cardinals meet Monday in college basketball action from McDermott Center. Lamar is currently 13-10 overall after a win versus Nicholls State in their last outing. As for Incarnate Word, they dropped to 7-16 this year following a loss to Houston Christian on Saturday. Let’s get into our Lamar vs. Incarnate Word prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

Lamar Cardinals

Lamar started out the year on a sketchy 5-7 run, but then beat Paul Quinn, Northwestern State, Incarnate Word and Nicholls in succession. It’s been a 4-3 stretch since then with wins over Texas A&M-Commerce, SE Louisiana, New Orleans and Nicholls State in that time.

In their Saturday game versus Nicholls State, the Cardinals were up by two points going into the second half. Lamar hit a 45-28 run from there and took the eventual victory 75-56. Jakevion Buckley was the lead scorer on 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds off the bench.

Incarnate Word Cardinals

Over on the Incarnate Word side, they were only able to beat Schreiner, AR-Pine Bluff, Jacksonville State, UIC and Our Lady of the Lake in their first 18 games. The Cardinals are 2-3 since then with losses to Texas A&M-Commerce, SE Louisiana and Houston Christian.

Matched up against Houston Christian over the weekend, the Cardinals were down by four points in the locker room. Incarnate Word came back with a 42-41 run from there but still lost 86-83. Josiah Hammons topped the team on his 22 points, five rebounds and two assists.

Incarnate Word Cardinals Team Facts

  • Incarnate Word has lost each of its last nine night games against the Southland Conference.
  • Each of the last five 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.

Lamar Cardinals Team Facts

  • The home team has won each of Lamar’s last seven games.
  • Four of Lamar’s last five games against Conference opponents have produced a total of 150 or fewer points.
  • Lamar has lost the first half in each of its last seven road games against non-AP-ranked opponents.


I’ll stay with Lamar. In their last outing versus Nicholls State, the Cardinals shot well with 47.5 percent from the field alongside 33 rebounds and 20 team assists. Lamar is 4-1 in their last five games and they’ve scored 71 or more points in six straight.

The last time these teams met up back on January 8, Lamar secured a home win 75-59 thanks to 19 points off 18 Incarnate Word turnovers. Neither team shot particularly well (both under 37.8 percent) so we could have something of a sloppy outcome here as well. Lamar should have the inside track on the cover, though.

Andrew's Free Pick: Lamar Cardinals -4.5

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Andrew has been writing about college, professional and fantasy sports betting since 2013. Andrew's goal is to break down the complicated numbers and trends into a language that's easily accessible to novice sports bettors and seasoned professionals alike.

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