SthLnd foes will collide when the Lamar Cardinals (8-7, 2-2 SthLnd) challenge the Nicholls Colonels (9-6, 3-1 SthLnd) at the Montagne Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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The Colonels beat the Sam Houston State Bearkats in their last outing, 70-58. D’Angelo Hunter was the top scorer from either team with 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting. The Colonels held the Bearkats to an offensive rebounding percentage of 21.2 (below their season average of 30.3) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.441 (below their season average of 0.529).
In the Cardinals’ last outing, they were topped by the Abilene Christian Wildcats, 74-62. T.J. Atwood was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting. Abilene Christian coerced the Cardinals into a TO percentage of 27.9 (above their season average of 17.0). Lamar, meanwhile, did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (14-18; 77.8 percent).
The ineffective offense of Lamar will go head-to-head against the stingy defense of Nicholls. The Cardinals rank 278th in offensive efficiency, while the Colonels are 57th in defensive efficiency. The Colonels figure to have the advantage on that end of the court. Additionally, the Colonels are among the nation’s elite on the offensive backboards, ranking 57th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.5 percent). The Cardinals, meanwhile, rank 318th in defensive rebounding percentage (67.6 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Cardinals won the only contest last season, 90-69. The Cardinals dominated every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.439 and an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 44.4. For those same stats, the Colonels were 0.063 and 27.0, respectively.
Nicholls Colonels at Lamar Cardinals Prediction
Free Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Lamar, ATS Winner – Lamar, O/U – Over
Lamar averages 9.9 steals per game, which ranks seventh in the NCAA. Nicholls ranks 143rd in steals allowed per game (7.1).
The Cardinals have been outscored by an average of 6.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Lamar has defeated opponents by an average of 4.1 points.
During their last five games, the Colonels have scored an average of 65.6 points per game (11.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.6 points per game (0.7 above their season average).