The New Orleans Privateers and the Southeastern Louisiana Lions meet in college basketball action from the University Center on Thursday night.
The New Orleans Privateers will look to build on their current three-game win streak after an 88-75 win over McNeese State last time out. Derek St. Hilaire leads the Privateers in scoring with 20.8 PPG along with 3.7 RPG and 2.8 APG while Troy Green has 15.4 PPG and 6 RPG to make up the duo of double-digit scorers for New Orleans so far this season. Simeon Kirkland has 8.6 PPG with 5.5 RPG while Tyson Jackson has 9 PPG and 4 RPG as well this season. As a team, New Orleans is averaging 77.3 PPG on 47.4% shooting from the field, 32.1% from three and 71.9% from the foul line while allowing 72.1 PPG on 41.5% shooting from the field and 29.2% from three this season.
The Southeastern Louisiana Lions will try to bounce back from a 92-84 road loss to Incarnate Word last time out. Gus Okafor leads the Lions in scoring with 15 PPG along with 6.3 RPG while Keon Clergeot has 13.1 PPG with a team-high 3.4 APG to lead the Lions in assists. Jalyn Hinton has 13.5 PPG with a team-high 7.6 RPG to lead the Lions in rebounding and to round out the group of double-digit scorers for the Lions up to this point in the season. As a team, Southeast Louisiana is averaging 79.3 PPG on 46.5% shooting from the field, 36.1% from three and 74.5% from the foul line while allowing 78.4 PPG on 46.7% shooting from the field and 34.4% from three this season.
New Orleans is 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a win while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games. Southeastern Louisiana is 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall.
I get the case to be made both ways here and I’m tempted to take New Orleans and the points here, but I think the better play is the over. These are two strong offenses and two weak defenses, and while it may sound like an old sports cliché, sometimes you just have to ride it because it makes the most sense. Give me the over here.