The McNeese Cowboys and Northwestern State Demons meet Wednesday in the college basketball Southland First Round at the Leonard E. Merrell Center. The McNeese Cowboys look to snap a five-game losing streak. The Northwestern State Demons need a win after losing six of their last eight games.
The McNeese Cowboys are averaging 78.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 77.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Christian Shumate is averaging 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds, while Zach Scott is averaging 10.6 points and 1.1 assists. Kellon Lewis is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Lewis is dishing 1.4 assists. The McNeese Cowboys are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 65.5 percent from the free throw line. The McNeese Cowboys are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.1 rebounds per game.
The Northwestern State Demons are averaging 74.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 80.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Kendal Coleman is averaging 15.5 points and 0.7 assists, while Carvell Teasett is averaging 12.6 points and 1.5 rebounds. Larry Owens is dishing 0.6 assists and Cedric Garrett is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Northwestern State Demons are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.9 percent from the free throw line. The Northwestern State Demons are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game.
The Cowboys are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games as a favorite and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Demons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 9-3 in Cowboys last 12 overall. The over is 4-1 in Demons last 5 overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The McNeese Cowboys come into this tournament playing terrible basketball, but they're still the better team overall, and they won both meetings against Northwestern State. The Northwestern State Demons are losing on the season by an average of 6.4 points, and they lose as an underdog by an average of 15.3 points. I'll assume McNeese State can get back on track here and get a victory to save its season.