Betting on today's Demons and Cowboys game? Catch the action at The Legacy Center in Lake Charles, LA, as the Cowboys hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. This Southland conference matchup has an over/under of 146.5 points, and McNeese State is favored to win by -19.5 at home vs. Northwestern State.


The Pick: Northwestern State Demons +19.5

This game will be played at The Legacy Center at 8:00 ET on Monday, January 29th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-70 in favor of the Cowboys.
  • Even though we have McNeese State winning straight-up, we like Northwestern State at +19.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.

Can Northwestern State Lock in a Road Win?

Northwestern State has struggled on the road this season, going just 1-10. For the year, they are 5-15, including a 2-4 mark in Southland Conference play. They have lost two straight games and 15 of 17 as the underdog. Their average scoring margin on the road is -16.0 points per game.

In their last game, the Demons lost to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 79-68. Over their last 10 road games, they have gone just 1-9.

Northwestern State's ATS record this season is currently at .500, as they have gone 9-9 vs. the spread. On the road, the Demons have an ATS mark of 6-5 this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Northwestern State has gone 4-6 vs. the spread. In their last three games as the underdog, the Demons are 1-2 ATS.

Northwestern State's over/under record this season is 12-6 and the average scoring total in their games is 147.8 points. Today's over/under line of 146.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (148). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today's OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 146 points.

In their latest game, Northwestern State offense put up 68 points against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 46.8% and made 4 threes. The team's top scorer is Cliff Davis, who comes into today's matchup with an average of 15, while Braelon Bush also maintains a PPG average of 10.1 leading up to the game.

Coming into the game, Northwestern State will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 78.7 points per game (287th). On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.6 threes per game vs. McNeese State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 31.4%.

Will the McNeese State Defense Show Up at Home?

McNeese State is a perfect 6-0 at home this season, and they have a +16.2 average scoring margin in those games. Over their last 10 games at home, they have gone a perfect 10-0.

On the season, the Cowboys are 18-2, and they have won 12 straight games. In their last game, they defeated New Orleans by a score of 102-65.

McNeese State has an ATS record of 9-7 this season, including a mark of 4-2 at home. Over their last three games at home, the Cowboys are 2-1 vs. the spread. However, over their last 10 games as the favorite, McNeese State has gone just 4-6.

This season, the over/under record for McNeese State stands at 9-7, and today's line of 146.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (142.4). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1, and the average scoring total in those games is 145 points.

The McNeese State offense is coming off a game where they scored 102 points against New Orleans. They posted a field goal percentage of 62.3% and connected on 11 threes. One area that the McNeese State offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 122nd in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 49%.

The Cowboys' defense is presently ranked 6th nationally, allowing an average of 61.0 points per contest. In today's game vs. Northwestern State, the McNeese State defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, McNeese State made 15 free-throws vs. the Cowboys.