Betting on today's Huskies and Colonels game? Catch the action at Stopher Gymnasium in Thibodaux, LA, as the Colonels hosts this showdown at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 145.5 points, and Nicholls is favored by -9.5 to win at home against Houston Christian.

HOUSTON CHRISTIAN HUSKIES VS NICHOLLS COLONELS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Houston Christian Huskies +9.5

This game will be played at Stopher Gymnasium at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.

WHY BET THE HOUSTON CHRISTIAN HUSKIES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Colonels.
  • Even though we have Nicholls winning straight-up, we like Houston Christian at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Does Houston Christian Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?

So far this season, Houston Christian has gone 5-14, including a 3-5 record in Southland Conference play. The Huskies are currently on a two-game losing streak and have gone 2-9 in non-conference games.

On the road, Houston Christian has struggled, going just 1-11 this season. Their average margin of defeat on the road is -20.5 points per game. In their last game, the Huskies fell to Southeastern Louisiana by a score of 80-58.

As the underdog, Houston Christian has an ATS record of 11-6 this season and they have gone 2-1 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games. Overall, the Huskies have an ATS mark of 7-5 on the road this year.

So far this season, the over/under record for Houston Christian games is 7-10. The average scoring total in their games this year is 150.8 points. Today's over/under line of 145.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games this season (155.1). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 152 points.

In their most recent game, the Houston Christian offense put up just 58 points vs. the Southeastern Louisiana Lions. Overall, they are now averaging 71.1 points per game which is 296th in the country. Marcus Greene is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 14.3 as they approach today's matchup. In addition, Jay Alvarez brings a PPG average of 16 into the game.

Coming into the game, Houston Christian will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 81.3 points per game (314th). In their previous game vs. Southeastern Louisiana, the Lions finished with a field goal percentage of 39% and a total of 80 points vs. Houston Christian.

Will Nicholls Come Through as Home Favorites?

After their 78-74 win over Incarnate Word, Nicholls is 10-10 and 4-2 in Southland play. At home, the Colonels are 2-2 this season.

On the year, Nicholls has been favored in six games, going 4-2. They are favored by 9.5 points today.

As the favorite this season, Nicholls has gone just 2-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Colonels are just 2-8 vs. the spread. At home this year, Nicholls has an ATS mark of just 1-3.

On the season, the over/under record for Nicholls games is 8-8 and today's over/under line of 145.5 is very close to the average over/under line in their games (145.2). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 149 points. On the year, their games have finished with more points than today's over/under line in eight contests.

Coming off their recent game, the Nicholls offense tallied 78 points in a matchup against Incarnate Word. Their field goal percentage for the game was 47.3%, and they made 5 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Diante Smith with 20 points. Byron Ireland also added 20 points for the Colonels.

Facing Houston Christian, Nicholls aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 76.0 points allowed per game (253rd). In today's game vs. Houston Christian, the Nicholls defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Nicholls made 16 free-throws vs. the Colonels.