McNeese vs New Orleans Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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The New Orleans Privateers (10-18, 7-10 Southland) travel to face the McNeese Cowboys (8-22, 5-12 Southland) after victories in three road games in a row. It begins at 8:30 PM ET on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

Wednesday’s matchup between the Cowboys and the Privateers features the Cowboys as modest 2.5-point favorites. A 148-point over/under has been set for the matchup.

McNeese vs. New Orleans Odds

Point Spread for McNeese vs. New Orleans

The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with sportsbooks listing McNeese as the favorite.

McNeese vs. New Orleans Moneyline

As for the moneyline, McNeese has -145 odds to pick up the win, while New Orleans is listed at +122 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 148 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Arena: The Legacy Center

McNeese vs. New Orleans Betting Trends

In McNeese’s 29 games this year, it has 12 wins against the spread. The Cowboys have been victorious in four of the 10 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. McNeese’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 57.7% of the time (15 out of 26 games with a set point total).

New Orleans has 12 wins against the spread in 26 games this season. The Privateers have won 17.6% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (3-14). New Orleans’ games this year have gone over the point total 65.4% of the time (17 out of 26 games with a set point total).

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McNeese vs. New Orleans Key Players to Watch


Christian Shumate leads his squad in both points (13.9) and rebounds (9.3) per contest, and also averages 0.9 assists. Defensively, he puts up 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocked shots. Johnathan Massie is posting 10.3 points, 2.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. Trae English averages a team-best 3.6 assists per contest. He is also posting 10.8 points and 1.9 rebounds, shooting 40.8% from the field and 31.9% from beyond the arc with 1.1 made 3-pointers per game. Zach Scott averages 11.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game, shooting 37.8% from the field and 33.2% from beyond the arc with 2.2 made 3-pointers per game.

New Orleans

Khaleb Wilson-Rouse gets the Privateers 9.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He also averages 1.4 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Tyson Jackson is putting up 11.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game, making 62.2% of his shots from the floor. The Privateers get 6.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game from Kmani Doughty.

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What you need to know about the McNeese Cowboys

So far this season, 10 out of McNeese’s 18 Southland games have gone over the point total. So far this season, the Cowboys are scoring 68.4 points per game (268th-ranked in college basketball) and giving up 75.4 points per contest (320th-ranked). So far this season, McNeese is pulling down 31.2 boards per game (215th-ranked in college basketball) and allowing 32.4 rebounds per contest (273rd-ranked).

The Cowboys are putting up 73.8 points per game at home. In away games, they are averaging 64.3 points per contest. McNeese is making 8 treys per game (111th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while putting up a 32.7% three-point percentage (264th-ranked). The Cowboys rank 332nd in college basketball by ceding 8.7 treys per contest, but they are allowing a 39% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks -1-worst in college basketball.

The Cowboys have gone 3-7 over their last 10 games, with a 3-7 record against the spread during that span. McNeese has hit the over in five of its last 10 contests. In its last 10 games, McNeese has been scoring 69.3 points per game, an average that’s slightly higher than the 68.4 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. McNeese has been slightly better on the defensive end of the floor of late, allowing 74.3 points per game over its last 10 outings compared to the 75.4 it has surrendered per game this season.

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What you need to know about the New Orleans Privateers

A total of 11 New Orleans conference games this season have hit the over. On offense the Privateers are the 167th-ranked squad in college basketball (72.3 points per game). Defensively they are third-worst (79.8 points allowed per game). With 28.8 rebounds per game and 30.8 rebounds conceded, New Orleans is 322nd and 169th in the nation, respectively.

The Privateers are scoring more points at home (73.6 per game) than away (70.8). New Orleans makes 6.3 3-pointers per game and shoots 37.4% from beyond the arc, ranking 293rd and 32nd, respectively, in the nation. The Privateers give up 7.8 3-pointers per game and concede 36.6% from beyond the arc, ranking 252nd and 330th, respectively, in college basketball.

The Privateers have a 6-4 record against the spread while going 4-6 overall in their last 10 games. In its past 10 games, New Orleans has hit the over seven times. New Orleans is putting up 75.1 points per game over its last 10 games, which is 2.8 more than its average for the season (72.3). While the Privateers are giving up 79.8 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse in their past 10 games, allowing 80.3 points per contest.

McNeese vs. New Orleans Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this game is McNeese, and we predict that McNeese will cover the spread (McNeese -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 148 points.

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How to bet McNeese vs. New Orleans

You can bet on McNeese vs. New Orleans at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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