Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Cardinals versus the Cowboys? Tip off is at at 6:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPNU. The game will be played at The Legacy Center in Lake Charles, LA. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 144.5 points, and McNeese State is favored by -12.5 to win at home against Lamar.


The Pick: Lamar Cardinals +12.5

This game will be played at The Legacy Center at 6:30 ET on Tuesday, March 12th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 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 144.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Cardinals Find a Way to Win in Lake Charles?

At 18-13, Lamar has been a much better team at home, going 25-3 compared to 3-10 on the road. This season, they are 2-10 as underdogs, and they are +12.5 today at McNeese State. The Cardinals have won 16 straight games, including their last game against New Orleans, 71-57.

On the road, Lamar has gone 5-5 over their last 10 games, and they are 4-1 over their last five. This season, they have gone 3-0 on the road.

As the underdog, Lamar has a solid ATS record this season of 7-5. They have been even better vs. the spread in their last 10 games as the underdog, going 6-4. On the road, the Cardinals are 6-7 ATS this season and 5-5 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread. Overall, Lamar has an ATS mark of 31-10 this year.

So far this season, the over/under record for Lamar is 15-26 and today’s line of 144.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (151.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 132 points and their OU record during that stretch is 0-3.

Against New Orleans, the Lamar had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 78.5 points per game. They scored 71 points and posted a field goal percentage of 42.9% in the game. Leading Lamar in scoring vs. New Orleans was Terry Anderson with his 20 points. Cody Pennebaker also added 13 points for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals’ defense is presently ranked 212nd nationally, allowing an average of 73.3 points per contest. In today’s game, the Lamar defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 3 three-pointers while giving up 57 points.

Are McNeese State Ready for a Home Win?

McNeese State comes into this game with a record of 28-3, including a perfect 12-0 mark at home. They have won their last nine games and are 17-1 in Southland Conference play.

For the season, the Cowboys have been favored in 22 of their 31 games, going 21-1 in those matchups. They have been especially dominant at home, going 10-0 in their last ten games and outscoring opponents by an average of 17.4 points per game.

McNeese State has an ATS record of 15-12 this season and they are 11-11 vs. the spread in games where they are favored. At home, the Cowboys are 7-5 vs. the spread this year and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they have gone 5-5 ATS.

McNeese State’s over/under record this season is 16-11 and their games have averaged 141.9 points. Today’s over/under line of 144.5 is higher than their average over/under line of 143.3. So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 145 points.

The Cowboys’ offense finished with 81 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 80.2 points per contest. Christian Shumate led the team in scoring, putting up 15 points. Additionally, Javohn Garcia contributed 15 points for the Cowboys.

So far this season, the McNeese State defense has been performing well, ranking 5th in the country at 61.2 points allowed per contest. In today’s game vs. Lamar, 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 16 free-throws vs. the Cowboys.