Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Privateers and Cardinals. The game is starting at 6:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Cardinals at The Legacy Center in Lake Charles, LA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this Southland conference contest is set at 158.5 points, with Lamar being favored by -9.5 at home against New Orleans.


The Pick: New Orleans Privateers +9.5

This game will be played at The Legacy Center at 6:00 ET on Monday, March 11th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Cardinals.
  • Even though we have Lamar winning straight-up, we like New Orleans at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 158.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can New Orleans Secure a Road Victory?

After winning their last game against Southeastern Louisiana, the New Orleans Privateers come into this game with a record of 10-22. So far, they have gone 5-14 in Southland Conference play compared to 5-8 in non-conference games. As the underdog this season, they have a record of 3-18.

On the road, the Privateers have gone 3-16 this season, and their average scoring margin is -12.8 points per game. Over their last 10 road games, they have gone 2-8, and they are 2-3 in their last five.

As the underdog, New Orleans has gone 9-12 against the spread this season. Their overall ATS record is 11-17 and they are 9-10 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Privateers have gone 3-7 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 158.5 is higher than the average scoring total in New Orleans’ games this season (153.2). So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 0-3.

The New Orleans offense is coming off a game in which they scored 78 points vs. Southeastern Louisiana. Overall their field goal percentage was 42.1% while connecting on 7 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Jordan Johnson with 34 points. James Glisson III also added 12 points for the Privateers.

So far, the Privateers’ defense is ranked 324th in the country at 79.7 points per contest. New Orleans will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Southeastern Louisiana to just 38% shooting in their most recent game.

Can the Cardinals Pull Off a Home Win?

After winning their last game against Houston Christian, the Lamar Cardinals are 18-13 overall and 10-6 in Southland Conference play. At home, they have an average scoring differential of +10.4 points per game, and their record is 11-3.

As the favorite, Lamar is 12-3, and they have been favored in 15 of their 31 games. So far, they have a two-game win streak.

At home this season, Lamar has an ATS record of 11-3. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cardinals have gone 7-3 vs. the spread. In their last 3 home games, Lamar is 1-2 ATS.

On the season, the over/under record for Lamar games is 15-12 and today’s over/under line of 158.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (150.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 142 points and their OU record during this stretch is 1-2. For the season, 18 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line.

In their previous game, the Cardinals’ offense finished with 78 points, which is right in line with their current average of 78.7 points per contest. The team’s top scorer is Terry Anderson, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 12.7, while Chris Pryor also maintains a PPG average of 11.8 leading up to the game.

Lamar’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 73.3 points per game. Against Houston Christian in their most recent game, the Lamar defense gave up a total of 68 points while allowing Houston Christian to hit 49% of their shots.