Check out our free Incarnate Word vs Southeastern Louisiana pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Hammond. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Incarnate Word vs Southeastern Louisiana Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 2nd Betting Odds

Cardinals vs Lions Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Incarnate Word Cardinals at Southeastern Louisiana Lions
  • Where: Hammond at University Center (LA)
  • Date: Thursday, February 2nd
  • Betting Odds: Incarnate Word +8.5, INCAR +310 | SELOU -400 O/U 147.0

Cardinals Preview:

Incarnate Word heads into this matchup having played 22 games and have an overall record sitting at 10-12. So far, the Cardinals have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 3-8. For the season, Incarnate Word has been the underdog in 18 games, sitting with a mark of 6-12. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Cardinals being +8.5 point underdogs.

Incarnate Word will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jonathan Cisse who is averaging 14.86 points per game for the Cardinals. Cisse is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Cardinals’ offensive game plan is the play of Trey Miller who has hit 46.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.55 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Incarnate Word this season, as they are currently ranked 327th in college basketball at 67.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Cardinals’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 181st in the NCAA.

Lions Preview:

Through 22 games, the Southeastern Louisiana Lions have an overall record of 13-9. Currently, the Lions have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 9-3. The Lions’ are sitting with a betting line that is -8.5 points in their favor. For the season, Southeastern Louisiana has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 6-1.

Southeastern Louisiana’s leading scorer this season is Boogie Anderson, who is averaging 12.71 points per contest. So far, Anderson has accounted for 15.54% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.43 rebounds per game and 4.29 assists. Nick Caldwell is the second leading scorer for the Lions, averaging 10.95 points per game. Between him and Caldwell, they are accounting for 29.6% of the team’s scoring.

So far this season, Southeastern Louisiana has put together a strong scoring offense at 79.1 points per game (26th). This strong figure has come despite the Lions playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 35.9% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Southeastern Louisiana’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 46.2%

Free Spread Prediction: Southeastern Louisiana Lions -8.5

If you’re deciding whether to down a bet vs the spread in this matchup, we recommend taking the Incarnate Word Cardinals to cover as +8.5 point underdogs. One thing that often causes problems for team’s who are heavy underdogs is when they are matched up against a team that can dictate the pace of play. However, both Incarnate Word and Southeastern Louisiana come into today’s game near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Given that style of place won’t be an issue for the Cardinals and the fact that they have 5-0 vs the spread in their last 5 games as underdogs, we like them to cover the spread on their away floor.