The Northwestern State Demons will travel to the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center to take on the Incarnate Word Cardinals this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Northwestern State Demons lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 7-19 on the season after being defeated by the McNeese Cowboys, 80-75, this past Saturday. Northwestern State held a 66-61 lead with 6:36 left in regulation, however, the Demons struggled offensively down the stretch and could not fight back after a 16-0 Cowboys run gave McNeese a 77-66 lead with :51 seconds left in regulation. Northwestern State shot 44.4% from the field & 33.3% from beyond the arc while allowing McNeese to shoot 47.2% from the field & 40.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Demons was Kendal Coleman who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, & 1 steal.
On the season, Northwestern State is averaging 73.2 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Demons are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northwestern State has been led by Kendal Coleman (15.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.1 spg, 1.3 bpg), Carvell Teasett (13.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.2 apg), Cedric Garrett (7.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), & Brian White (6.6 ppg, 3.7 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Northwestern State is allowing their opponents to average 80.9 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Demons have a rebound margin of -1.6 and a turnover margin of -1.7.
The Incarnate Word Cardinals lost their 2nd straight game an dropped to 5-21 on the season after being defeated by the New Orleans Privateers, 84-57, this past Saturday. Incarnate Word struggled on both ends of the court against New Orleans and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 42-24 margin. Incarnate Word shot just 30.0% from the field & 30.8% from beyond the arc while allowing New Orleans to shoot 54.8% from the field & 21.4% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Brandon Swaby who had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Incarnate Word is averaging 66.2 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Cardinals are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Incarnate Word has been led by RJ Glasper (15.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.5 apg), Johnny Hughes III (11.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Josh Morgan (11.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.5 apg), Charlie Yoder (11.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.6 spg), & Drew Lutz (9.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg). Incarnate has been unavailable since early February and should at best, be considered questionable for this matchup.
Defensively, Incarnate Word is allowing their opponents to average 75.9 ppg on 48.8% shooting from the field. The Cardinals have a rebound margin of -5.8 and a turnover margin of -1.2.
The Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points & 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Demons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss & 11-11-1 ATS overall on the season.
Incarnate Word has struggled on both sides of the ball this season, however, the Cardinals have been competitive at home as of late, which included a recent 78-70 victory over New Orleans. Northwestern State is just 1-12 on the road this season while ranking 347th in scoring defense & 339th in defensive FG% and as I think the Cardinals will be able to put up some points on their home court, I’m taking Incarnate Word to win this pick-em.