Looking to win big? The Cardinals and Cowboys face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Cowboys are hosting the game at The Legacy Center in Lake Charles, LA. This Southland conference matchup has an over/under of 148 points, and the Cowboys are favored to win at home vs. the Cardinals.


The Pick: Lamar Cardinals +12.5

This game will be played at The Legacy Center at 8:00 ET on Monday, January 15th.


  • 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 Lamar at +12.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 148 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.

Is a Road Win Possible for the Cardinals?

So far this season, Lamar has a 9-7 record, including a 3-0 mark in Southland Conference play. The Cardinals have won three games in a row, and they are coming off a 78-76 victory over Nicholls. On the road this season, Lamar has gone just 1-6, and over their last 10 road games, they have a 1-9 record.

As an underdog this season, Lamar has gone just 2-7, and they are 5-0 when favored. For the year, their average scoring margin on the road is -9.3, compared to +12.3 at home. The Cardinals’ record in non-conference games sits at 6-7.

As the underdog this season, Lamar has a solid ATS mark of 6-3. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Cardinals are 7-3 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS record is 4-3 this year and they have gone 6-4 vs. the spread in their last 10 road games.

Today’s over/under line of 148 is lower than the average over/under line in Lamar’s games this year (149.9). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and their over/under record for the season is 11-3.

In their previous game, the Cardinals’ offense finished with 78 points, which is right in line with their current average of 82.2 points per contest. In terms of offense, the Cardinals have a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, putting them 180th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 91st in percentage and 99th in three-pointers made.

At this time, the Cardinals’ defense is positioned 243rd in the country, permitting 76.2 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.9 threes per game vs. McNeese State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 31.0%.

Will the Cowboys Live Up to Expectations at Home?

McNeese State has been dominant at home this season, going 4-0 with an average scoring margin of +10.2 points per game. They have won four straight games at home and are 9-1 in their last 10 games at home.

Overall, the Cowboys are 14-2 this season and have won eight straight games. They are a perfect 7-0 when favored this season and have gone 3-2 when listed as the underdog.

As the favorite, McNeese State has struggled against the spread this season, going just 3-4. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cowboys are 4-6 vs. the spread. At home this year, McNeese State is just 2-2 ATS.

McNeese State’s over/under record this season sits at 6-6 and today’s over/under line of 148 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (141.2). So far, 10 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points compared to their season average of 139.4 points per game.

In their recent matchup, the McNeese State offense ended with 74 points against Southeastern Louisiana. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 48.1% and made 6 threes. Javohn Garcia led the scoring for the Cowboys, contributing 22 points. Additionally, Shahada Wells chipped in with 20 points.

McNeese State’s defense has been playing well, ranking 7th nationally, with 60.0 points allowed per game. So far, the McNeese State defense is giving up an average of 8.4 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 8.6 times per game (351st).