Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Cowboys and Demons. The game is starting at 7:30 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Demons at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, LA. Get ready to place your bets! The Cowboys come into this Southland conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 142.5 points.

MCNEESE STATE COWBOYS VS NORTHWESTERN STATE DEMONS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Northwestern State Demons +19.5

This game will be played at Prather Coliseum at 7:30 ET on Monday, January 8th.

WHY BET THE NORTHWESTERN STATE DEMONS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Demons.
  • Not only will Northwestern State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +19.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can McNeese State Stun the Crowd at Prather Coliseum?

McNeese State comes into today's game against Northwestern State as the heavy favorite, with a point spread of -19.5. So far this season, the Cowboys have gone 12-2 and are on a six-game winning streak.

In their last game, McNeese State took down Texas A&M-Commerce by a score of 73-67. On the road this season, the Cowboys are 5-2 and have an average scoring margin of +7.0 points per game. Over their last 10 road games, they have gone 7-3.

McNeese State has been a solid team against the spread this season with a record of 7-3. On the road, they are 5-2 vs. the spread and have gone 2-1 ATS at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cowboys are just 4-6 vs. the spread.

McNeese State's over/under record this season sits at 5-5 and today's over/under line of 142.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (141.6). So far, 6 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is at 149 points.

Against Texas A&M-Commerce, the McNeese State had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 80.2 points per game. They scored 73 points and posted a field goal percentage of 38.6% in the game. The team's scoring leader is Shahada Wells, who holds an average of 19.8 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, Christian Shumate is averaging 12.1 points per game this season.

Currently, the Cowboys' defense holds the 6th rank in the nation, allowing 59.7 points per game. In their previous game vs. Texas A&M-Commerce, the Lions finished with a field goal percentage of 40% and a total of 67 points vs. McNeese State.

Can Northwestern State Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?

Northwestern State will look to snap their 12-game losing streak when they host McNeese State on Wednesday night. So far this season, the Demons are just 2-12 and have gone 0-3 at home.

In their last game, Northwestern State faced Lamar and lost by a score of 90-70. Over their last 10 games at home, the Demons have gone 6-4.

Northwestern State's ATS record this season is 5-7, including an 0-3 mark at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Demons are just 4-6 vs. the spread.

Today's over/under line of 142.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Northwestern State's games this year (148.7). So far, their over/under record is 9-3. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 161 points.

The Northwestern State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 70 points vs. Lamar. Overall their field goal percentage was 45.8% while connecting on 10 threes. Coming into the game, the Demons offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 30%. On average, they get up 23.9 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 11.6 made free-throws.

Coming into today's game, the Northwestern State defense is giving up an average of 82.4 points per contest. So far, the Northwestern State defense is giving up an average of 10.1 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 12.5 times per game (608th).