The New Orleans Privateers and Northwestern State Demons meet Tuesday in the college basketball Southland Tournament Semifinal at the Legacy Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The New Orleans Privateers are averaging 72.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 79.8 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Jordan Johnson is averaging 18.1 points and 2.4 rebounds, while Tyson Jackson is averaging 11.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. Khaleb Wilson-Rouse is dishing 2.1 assists and Omarion Henry is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The New Orleans Privateers are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Privateers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.6 rebounds per game.
The Northwestern State Demons are averaging 74.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 72 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Demarcus Sharp is averaging 18.7 points and 4.8 assists, while JaMonta’ Black is averaging 15.5 points and 3.1 rebounds. Isaac Haney is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Hampton is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Northwestern State Demons are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. The Northwestern State Demons are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.4 rebounds per game.
The Privateers are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 Tuesday games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Demons are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 75-36-3 in Privateers last 114 overall. The under is 4-1 in Demons last 5 Tuesday games. The underdog is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Northwestern State Demons have been the better team this season and should be favored, but as I said yesterday, New Orleans is playing its best ball of the season and is a dangerous opponent moving forward. The New Orleans Privateers are rolling offensively and have won 6 of its last 7 games. Scoring 80-plus points in 5 of its last 7 games, New Orleans has a punchers chances in the remainder of this tournament. Oh, New Orleans also beat Northwestern State less than a month ago. Give me the points.