Betting on today’s Cowboys and Cardinals game? Catch the action at McDermott Convocation Center in San Antonio, TX, as the Cardinals hosts this showdown at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. In this Southland matchup, the Cowboys are the betting favorite against the Cardinals. The over/under for the game is 145.5 points.
MCNEESE STATE COWBOYS VS INCARNATE WORD CARDINALS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Incarnate Word Cardinals +13
This game will be played at McDermott Convocation Center at 6:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.
WHY BET THE INCARNATE WORD CARDINALS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Cardinals.
- Not only will Incarnate Word pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +13.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.
Will McNeese State Find a Way to Win on the Road?
McNeese State has been on a roll lately, winning nine straight games to improve to 15-2 overall. The Cowboys are a perfect 5-0 at home and 6-2 on the road, including a current four-game win streak away from home.
Overall, McNeese State has been favored in eight of its 17 games, going 8-0 in those contests. The Cowboys’ average scoring margin on the road is +7.2 compared to +12.0 at home.
McNeese State has an ATS record of 8-5 this season and they are 4-4 vs the spread when favored. In their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cowboys have gone 5-5 ATS. On the road, McNeese State is 5-3 vs the spread this year and they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 road games ATS.
So far this season, the over/under record for McNeese State games is 7-6 and the average scoring total in their games is 140.8 points. Today’s over/under line of 145.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (141.6) and there have been 9 games with lower OU lines than today’s. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 140 points.
Coming off their recent game, the McNeese State offense tallied 88 points in a matchup against Lamar. Their field goal percentage for the game was 47.3%, and they made 11 threes. Christian Shumate led the team in scoring, putting up 21 points. Additionally, Shahada Wells contributed 19 points for the Cowboys.
So far, the Cowboys’ defense is ranked 7th in the country at 60.5 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, McNeese State’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 33.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 28.3% this season.
Can Incarnate Word Pull Off a Home Win?
Incarnate Word will look to snap a four-game losing streak when they host McNeese State. The Cardinals are 5-11 overall and 0-3 in Southland Conference play. They are 1-2 at home this season and have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games at home.
So far, Incarnate Word has been the underdog in 13 of their 16 games. As the underdog, they have gone 3-10. On the year, they have an average scoring margin of -3.3 at home, compared to -10.9 on the road.
When looking at Incarnate Word’s ATS record this season, they are currently 6-7-1. As the underdog, the Cardinals have gone 6-6-1 vs. the spread this year. At home, their ATS mark is 2-1 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 5-5.
Incarnate Word’s over/under record for the season is 6-8, and the average point total in their games is 150.6. Today’s over/under line of 145.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (149.3). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 147 points.
The Cardinals’ offense finished with 71 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 73.5 points per contest. One area that the Incarnate Word offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 115th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 42%.
The Cardinals’ defense is presently ranked 284th nationally, allowing an average of 78.5 points per contest. Against Northwestern State in their most recent game, the Incarnate Word defense gave up a total of 97 points while allowing Northwestern State to hit 60% of their shots.