Betting on today’s Cowboys and Cardinals game? Catch the action at Montagne Center in Beaumont, TX, as the Cardinals hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. In this Southland matchup, McNeese State is favored by -10.5 vs. Lamar. The over/under for the game is 148.5 points.


The Pick: Lamar Cardinals +10.5

This game will be played at Montagne Center at 8:00 ET on Monday, February 26th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Cardinals.
  • Not only will Lamar pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +10.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 148.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can McNeese State Stun the Crowd at Montagne Center?

McNeese State is 24-3 on the season and 13-1 in Southland Conference action. The Cowboys have won five straight games, and they are 17-1 when favored this season.

On the road, McNeese State is 10-3, and they have won eight of their last 10 games away from home.

McNeese State has an ATS record of 13-10 this season and they are 9-9 vs the spread when they are the favorite. On the road, the Cowboys are 7-6 vs the spread and they have gone 2-1 ATS in their last 3 road games.

This season, the over/under record in McNeese State games is 14-9 and today’s line of 148.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (142.1). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 145 points.

In their recent matchup, the McNeese State offense ended with 87 points against Incarnate Word. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 44.9% and made 7 threes. The top scorer for the Cowboys was Christian Shumate with 18 points, while Antavion Collum also added 14 to the scoreboard.

McNeese State’s defense has been playing well, ranking 5th nationally, with 61.2 points allowed per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, McNeese State’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.1% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.2% this season.

Can the Cardinals Lock in a Home Win?

Coming into today’s game against McNeese State, Lamar is 15-12 overall with a 9-5 record in Southland Conference play. At home, the Cardinals are 10-2, and they have gone 4-1 in their last five home games.

As the underdog, Lamar is 3-9 this season, and they have gone 10-3 when favored. On the year, they have been the underdog in 12 of their 27 games.

As the underdog, Lamar has a solid ATS record of 7-5 this season. At home, they are 10-2 vs. the spread and have gone 8-1 in their last 10 games.

On the season, Lamar’s over/under record is 16-9, and today’s line of 148.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (149.8). So far, 12 of their games have had a higher over/under line than today’s line, and in their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 150 points.

The Lamar offense is coming off a game in which they scored 61 points vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Overall their field goal percentage was 35.1% while connecting on 2 threes. The top scorer for the Cardinals was Jakevion Buckley with 15 points, while Terry Anderson also added 12 to the scoreboard.

So far, the Cardinals’ defense is ranked 245th in the country at 74.7 points per contest. In today’s game vs. McNeese State, the Lamar defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Lamar made 19 free-throws vs. the Cardinals.