The No. 4 seed Nicholls State Colonels (16-14, 11-7 Southland) square off against the No. 8 seed McNeese Cowboys (10-22, 6-12 Southland) in the Southland Tournament Monday at The Legacy Center, tipping off at 6:00 PM. Both teams will look to get one step closer to securing an automatic place in the NCAA Tournament bracket.
Monday’s matchup between the Colonels and the Cowboys sees the Colonels as 5.5-point favorites. The point total for the game is 145.
Nicholls State vs. McNeese Odds
Point Spread for Nicholls State vs. McNeese
The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Nicholls State as the favorite.
Nicholls State vs. McNeese Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Nicholls State has -235 odds to pick up the win, while McNeese is listed at +190 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 145 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Monday, March 6, 2023
- Game Time: 6:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
- Arena: The Legacy Center
Nicholls State vs. McNeese Betting Trends
Nicholls State has played 26 games, with eight wins against the spread. The Colonels have been chosen as favorites in 15 games this year and have walked away with the win 10 times (66.7%) in those games. Nicholls State’s games this year have hit the over on nine of 31 set point totals.
McNeese is 14-16-1 against the spread this season. The Cowboys have been the underdog on the moneyline 16 total times this season. They’ve gone 4-12 in those games. McNeese’s games this year have gone over the total in 17 of 31 opportunities (54.8%).
Nicholls State vs. McNeese Key Players to Watch
Caleb Huffman paces the Colonels at 16.3 points per contest, while also putting up 1.5 assists and 5.2 rebounds. Latrell Jones is posting 14.6 points, 1.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds per contest. Marek Nelson is posting 8.5 points, 1.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. Emanuel Littles averages a team-high 6.9 rebounds per contest. He is also putting up 7.7 points and 1 assists, shooting 46.6% from the floor.
Christian Shumate is posting team highs in points (14.4 per game) and rebounds (9.4). And he is contributing 1 assists, making 54.8% of his shots from the floor. Johnathan Massie gives the Cowboys 10.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest. He also puts up 1.4 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Zach Scott gives the Cowboys 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He also delivers 1.5 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Trae English tops the Cowboys in assists (3.6 per game), and averages 10.8 points and 1.9 rebounds. He also delivers 1.7 steals and 0 blocked shots.
What you need to know about the Nicholls State Colonels
Nicholls State has covered four times in 18 games with a spread in conference play this season. The Colonels are 82nd in the nation with 75.8 points per game this year. At the other end of the court, they rank 250th with 72.5 points allowed per game. Nicholls State ranks 211th in the country with 31.3 boards per game this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 199th with 31.4 rebounds allowed per game.
With 7.8 three-pointers per game, Nicholls State is 130th in the nation. It has a 34.4% shooting percentage from three-point land, which ranks 175th in college basketball. The Colonels are ceding 6.9 three-pointers per game (137th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 34% (195th-ranked) from three-point land.
The Colonels have two wins against the spread, and are 6-4 overall, over their last 10 contests. Nicholls State has hit the over in four of its past 10 games. In its last 10 games, Nicholls State has been racking up 77.4 points per contest, an average that’s slightly higher than the 75.8 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Nicholls State’s defense has been less stingy lately, as the team has allowed 73.2 points per game over its past 10 compared to the 72.5 points per game its opponents are averaging on the season.
What you need to know about the McNeese Cowboys
McNeese is 9-10-1 ATS in conference play this year. On offense the Cowboys are the 248th-ranked team in the country (69.1 points per game). Defensively they are 320th (75.4 points conceded per game). On the boards, McNeese is 183rd in the nation in rebounds (31.6 per game). It is 234th in rebounds allowed (31.9 per game).
McNeese makes 7.8 3-pointers per game and shoots 32.5% from beyond the arc, ranking 130th and 278th, respectively, in the nation. Defensively, the Cowboys are 24th-worst in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded per game at 8.8. And they are -2-worst in 3-point percentage allowed at 39.3%.
The Cowboys have a 5-5 record against the spread while finishing 5-5 overall in their past 10 games. McNeese has gone over the total in six of its last 10 contests. McNeese has fared better offensively over its past 10 games, putting up 71.5 points per contest, 2.4 more than its season average of 69.1. Over their past 10 games, the Cowboys are allowing 74.1 points per contest, 1.3 fewer points than their season average (75.4).
Nicholls State vs. McNeese Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this contest is Nicholls State, and we expect that McNeese will cover the spread (Nicholls State -5.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 145 points.
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