The Central Arkansas Bears (7-16, 6-6 SthLnd) head to McNeese State to take on the Cowboys (12-11, 7-5 SthLnd) in a game that will likely be up-tempo. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Central Arkansas Bears vs. McNeese State Cowboys Betting Preview
The last time the Bears played, they fell to the Lamar Cardinals, 74-67. Central Arkansas’ DeAndre Jones put up 12 points and 10 assists in the contest. Lamar had a free throw rate of 0.283 (above their season average of 0.226). Central Arkansas, on the other hand, held the Cardinals to an effective field goal percentage of 0.475 (below the 0.532 mark opponents have averaged against Central Arkansas this season).
The Cowboys are trying to rebound after their 69-62 loss to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders in their last game. Sha’markus Kennedy was McNeese State’s high scorer with 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (19-26; 73.1 percent). McNeese State, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 38.7 (above their season average of 32.2).
McNeese State could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their high-octane offense squares off against one of the worst defenses in the nation. The Cowboys currently rank 13th in offensive efficiency, while Central Arkansas ranks 332nd in defensive efficiency.
Both teams have had a player trending in the right direction over their last five games. For the Bears, it’s been Jones, who has averaged 19 points,5.4 rebounds,5.0 assists,1.4 steals, while the Cowboys have received solid contributions from Kennedy (24 points,13.4 rebounds,3.4 blocks).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Bears won 79-69. The Bears played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.241 and a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.611. For those same stats, the Cowboys were 0.167 and 0.492, respectively. Jones scored a game-high 26 points.
Central Arkansas Bears vs. McNeese State Cowboys Odds Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – McNeese State, ATS Winner – McNeese State, O/U – Over
The Cowboys rank 86th in steals per game (7.1) while the Bears rank 210th in steals allowed per game (9.2).
McNeese State averages 4.3 blocks per game, which is ranked 45th in the NCAA. Central Arkansas ranks 99th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
McNeese State ranks 49th in rebounds allowed per game (32.3) while Central Arkansas ranks 276th (39.1).
The Cowboys rank 19th in assists per game (16.3) while the Bears rank 244th in assists allowed per game (16.2).
Central Arkansas ranks 78th in three pointers attempted per game (24.1) while McNeese State ranks 248th in three pointers allowed per game (25.1).
The Cowboys’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.6, down from 7.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 75.0 points per game (0.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.4 points per game (11.7 below their season average).