Looking to win big? The Privateers and Cowboys face off at 5:00 ET on ESPN+. The Cowboys are hosting the game at The Legacy Center in Lake Charles, LA. The over/under for this game is set at 151 points, and McNeese State is favored by -17.5 vs. New Orleans in a Southland conference matchup.


The Pick: New Orleans Privateers +17.5

This game will be played at The Legacy Center at 5:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-70 in favor of the Cowboys.
  • Even though we have McNeese State winning straight-up, we like New Orleans at +17.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 151 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.

Will the Privateers Make it Happen on the Road?

Through 19 games this season, New Orleans has a 7-12 record, including a 2-4 mark in Southland Conference play. They have lost three straight games, and their record as the underdog is 1-9.

On the road, the Privateers are just 1-10, and their average margin of defeat is -14.6 points per game. So far, their record against the spread is 2-3 when they are the underdog.

As the underdog, New Orleans has gone 6-4 vs. the spread this season. On the road, the Privateers are 6-5 ATS. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, New Orleans has an ATS mark of 6-4.

This season, the over/under record for New Orleans is 10-5 and the average scoring total in their games is 152.6 points. Today’s over/under line of 151 is similar to the average OU line in their games (150.9). So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total is 160 points.

The Privateers’ offense wrapped up their last game with 80 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 75.2 points per contest. The top scorer for the Privateers was Jordan Johnson with 35 points, while Khaleb Wilson-Rouse also chipped in with 22 points.

The Privateers’ defense is presently ranked 279th nationally, allowing an average of 78.5 points per contest. In today’s game vs. McNeese State, the New Orleans defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, New Orleans made 19 free-throws vs. the Privateers.

Can McNeese State Pull Out the Win as Home Favorites?

McNeese State has been dominant at home this season, going 5-0 with an average scoring margin of +12.0 points per game. They are also a perfect 10-0 as the favorite, and their overall record is 17-2, including a current win streak of 11 games.

Most recently, the Cowboys defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by a score of 62-61. Over their last ten games at home, McNeese State has gone a perfect 10-0.

McNeese State’s ATS record this season is 8-7, but they are just 4-6 vs. the spread when favored. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cowboys have gone 4-6.

McNeese State’s over/under record for the season is 8-7 and today’s over/under line of 151 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (141.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 141 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 6-3.

The McNeese State offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 62 points versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. During the game, they attempted 20 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 36.8%. Leading the team in scoring was DJ Richards with 12 points. Shahada Wells also added 10 points for the Cowboys.

Coming into today’s game, the McNeese State defense is giving up an average of 60.8 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Islanders finished with a field goal percentage of 37% and a total of 61 points vs. McNeese State.