Check out our free McNeese State vs Lamar pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Beaumont. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
McNeese State vs Lamar Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds
Cowboys vs Cardinals Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: McNeese State Cowboys at Lamar Cardinals
- Where: Beaumont at Montagne Center
- Date: Saturday, December 31st
- Betting Odds: McNeese State -2, MCNST -137 | LAMAR +112 O/U 138.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Lamar, the McNeese State Cowboys will be taking the floor for the 14th time this season and have an overall record of 3-10. So far, the Cowboys have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 1-7. This season, McNeese State has been favored to win in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 1-2. For today’s contest, McNeese State have a betting line set -2 points in their favor.
McNeese State’s leading scorer this season is Trae English who is averaging 11.85 points per contest. So far, English has accounted for 18.76% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 1.46 rebounds per game and 3.08 assists. Christian Shumate is the second leading scorer for the Cowboys, averaging 10.69 points per game. Between him and Shumate, they are accounting for 35.7% of the team’s scoring.
McNeese State comes into today’s matchup vs Lamar, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 78.2 points per game. Through 13 games, they have hit 45.1% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Cowboys’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 174th in possessions per game.
Through 13 games, the Lamar Cardinals have an overall record of 4-9. So far this season, Lamar has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-3. For the season, Lamar has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 0-9. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Cardinals being +2 point underdogs.
Lamar will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Nate Calmese who is averaging 16.0 points per game for the Cardinals. Calmese 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 gameplan is the play of Chris Pryor who has hit 38.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.31 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Lamar this season, as they are currently ranked 447th in college basketball at 61.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that 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 29.9%, placing them 473rd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Lamar Cardinals +2
Coming into this game, we see this as a classic opportunity to cash in on a contrarian play, as the public is likely to jump on McNeese State as the -2 point favorites. However, our analysis shows that the line for this game is set too high, and the Lamar Cardinals are an excellent bet as the home underdogs. While others might get scared off by the Cardinals’ recent record vs the spread at home (4-6), we are focused on the line and see it being set too high. In this scenario, we like Lamar to cover at +2.