Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Cowboys and Privateers. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Privateers at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA. Get ready to place your bets! McNeese State is favored by -18 in this Southland conference showdown. The game's over/under is currently at 153.5 points.


The Pick: New Orleans Privateers +18

This game will be played at Lakefront Arena at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, March 6th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Privateers.
  • Not only will New Orleans pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +18.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 153.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can the Cowboys Pull Out the Win as Road Favorites?

McNeese State has been dominant all season long, and they come into this game with a 27-3 record. They are currently on an eight-game winning streak, and they have gone 16-1 in Southland Conference play. On the road, the Cowboys are 11-3, and they have won their last three games away from home.

So far this season, McNeese State has been favored in 21 of their 30 games, and they have gone 20-1 in those contests. Their average scoring margin on the road is +10.7, and they are coming off an 87-69 win over Houston Christian.

McNeese State has an ATS record of 14-12 this season, going 7-7 vs. the spread on the road. As the favorite, the Cowboys are 10-11 vs. the spread this year and 5-5 in their last 10 games as the favorite. On the road, their ATS mark is 4-6 in their last 10 contests.

McNeese State's over/under record this season is 16-10 and today's line of 153.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (142.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 138 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 2-1. For the season, 18 of their games have finished with more points than today's line.

McNeese State recently showcased a strong offensive performance, scoring 87 points against Houston Christian. This output exceeded their season average of 80.2 points per game. The team's scoring leader is Shahada Wells, who holds an average of 17.3 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, Christian Shumate is averaging 11.9 points per game this season.

At this time, the Cowboys' defense is positioned 5th in the country, permitting 61.3 points per game. McNeese State's three-point defense is currently 173rd in the country at 7.6 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 36.6% of their shots vs. McNeese State.

Will New Orleans Come Through as Home Underdogs?

Entering this game, New Orleans has a record of 9-21, including a 4-13 mark in Southland Conference play. At home, the Privateers have gone 3-5 this season, and they have a two-game losing streak.

So far, New Orleans has been the underdog in 19 of their 30 games, going 2-17 in those contests. Their average scoring margin at home is -4.2 points per game.

I would start by mentioning that New Orleans has an overall ATS record of 10-16 this season. Then, I would break down their ATS record as the underdog, which is 8-11. Finally, I would note their ATS record as the underdog in their last 10 games, which is 3-7.

Today's over/under line of 153.5 for the New Orleans Privateers' game against McNeese State is in line with their season average of 152.8. So far, their over/under record is 17-9. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 147 points and their OU record in their last 10 games is 6-4.

Against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the New Orleans had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 74.5 points per game. They scored 60 points and posted a field goal percentage of 32.2% in the game. On the offensive front, the Privateers have a season-long field goal percentage of 42%, ranking 345th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 373rd in terms of percentage and 338th in three-pointers made.

Coming into the game, New Orleans will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 80.1 points per game (326th). The New Orleans defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 73 points and allowed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to connect on 2 threes.