Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Cowboys and Lions. The game is starting at 4:30 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Lions at University Center (LA) in Hammond, LA. Get ready to place your bets! In this Southland matchup, McNeese State is favored by -9.5 vs. Southeastern Louisiana. The over/under for the game is 135 points.


The Pick: Southeastern Louisiana Lions +9.5

This game will be played at University Center (LA) at 4:30 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Lions.
  • Not only will Southeastern Louisiana pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can the Cowboys Deliver Being Favored on the Road?

McNeese State has been dominant this season, and they have been especially good on the road, where they are 8-2. They have won their last six road games and are 5-0 in their last five.

Overall, the Cowboys are 19-2, and they have won 13 straight games. They are 8-0 in Southland Conference play and 12-0 when favored.

McNeese State has an ATS record of 10-7 this season and they are 6-6 vs. the spread when favored. On the road, the Cowboys are 5-5 vs. the spread this year and they have gone just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.

McNeese State's over/under record this season is 10-7 and their games have averaged 142.4 points per game. Today's over/under line of 135 is lower than the average OU line in their games (142.5). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 147 points.

The McNeese State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 89 points vs. Northwestern State. Overall their field goal percentage was 49.2% while connecting on 11 threes. Shahada Wells is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today's matchup with an average of 18.2. Meanwhile, Christian Shumate also brings a PPG average of 12.5 into the game.

So far, the Cowboys' defense is ranked 6th in the country at 61.2 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Northwestern State, the Demons finished with a field goal percentage of 49% and a total of 65 points vs. McNeese State.

Will the Lions Come Through as Home Underdogs?

Through 21 games this season, Southeastern Louisiana has an 8-13 record, including a 3-5 mark in Southland Conference play. The Lions have struggled on the road this year, going just 3-10 compared to 2-3 at home.

As the underdog, Southeastern Louisiana has gone 2-9 this season, and they come into tonight's game against McNeese State as 9.5-point underdogs. The Lions are also 5-8 in non-conference games.

As the underdog, Southeastern Louisiana has gone 6-5 vs. the spread this season and 8-10 overall. At home, their ATS record is just 1-4 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 5-5 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Southeastern Louisiana games is 6-12. The average scoring total in their games this year is 135 points, which is similar to today's OU line of 135. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 0-3 with an average scoring total of 135 points.

The Southeastern Louisiana offense is coming off a game where they scored 80 points against Houston Christian. They posted a field goal percentage of 54.2% and connected on 7 threes. The top scorer for the Lions was Nick Caldwell with 26 points, while Roger McFarlane also chipped in with 20 points.

At present, the Lions' defense is nationally ranked 133rd, allowing 70.5 points per game. The Southeastern Louisiana defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 58 points and allowed Houston Christian to connect on 5 threes.