The Cowboys and Catamounts are set to face off at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The Catamounts will host the game at Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, NC. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 146 points, and the Catamounts are favored to win at home vs. the Cowboys.
MCNEESE STATE COWBOYS VS WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Western Carolina Catamounts -4
This game will be played at Ramsey Center at 4:00 ET on Saturday, November 18th.
WHY BET THE WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Catamounts.
- Not only will Western Carolina pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 146 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Can McNeese State Secure a Road Victory?
Having won their first game of the season, McNeese State is preparing for their second game. In their previous five road games, which includes last year, McNeese State has a record of 3-2. As of now, McNeese State holds a 1-0 record against the spread going into today’s game. Looking back at their previous three games, the team has a 0-0 ATS record and an average scoring differential of +26.
Heading into their 2nd game of the season, McNeese State has an over/under record of 0-1-0 after going 18-15-0 last season (over/under). The Cowboys have an over/under record of 0-0 in their last three games, with their games averaging 95 points per game.
In their latest game, McNeese State offense put up 76 points against VCU. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 45.8% and made 8 threes. Shahada Wells was the leading scorer for the Cowboys, putting up 23 points. In addition, Christian Shumate contributed 18 points.
Currently, the Cowboys’ defense holds the 7th rank in the nation, allowing 53.8 points per game. Against VCU, the Cowboys’ defense gave up 65 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, VCU only made 10 free-throws.
Taking a Look at the Catamounts Chances at Home
Heading into their 3rd game of the season, Western Carolina arrives with an unblemished 2-0 record. In their previous five home games, which includes those from last year, Western Carolina has a 2-3 record at home. Against the spread, Western Carolina has a current record of 2-0 this season. When including games from last season, Western Carolina is 6-2-1 in their last ten games versus the spread.
Up to this point, games involving Western Carolina have had an average of 131 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 139 points. Their over/under record is 0-2-0. Over the course of the last five games, the Catamounts’ games have averaged 82 points per game, along with an over/under record of 2-2.
Coming off their recent game, the Western Carolina offense tallied 66 points in a matchup against Middle Tennessee. Their field goal percentage for the game was 41.4%, and they made 2 threes. In terms of three-point shooting, the Catamounts offense has been good from outside, hitting 36% of their three-pointers on an average of 18.3 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 46%.
So far this season, the Western Carolina defense has been performing well, ranking 39th in the country at 63.3 points allowed per contest. Western Carolina will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Middle Tennessee to just 41% shooting in their most recent game.