Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Colonels and Cowboys. The game is starting at 5:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Cowboys at The Legacy Center in Lake Charles, LA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this game is set at 143.5 points, and McNeese State is favored by -17.5 vs. Nicholls in a Southland conference matchup.


The Pick: Nicholls Colonels +17.5

This game will be played at The Legacy Center at 5:00 ET on Saturday, March 2nd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Cowboys.
  • Even though we have McNeese State winning straight-up, we like Nicholls at +17.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Colonels Pull Through as the Away Underdog?

Heading into this game, Nicholls State has an overall record of 16-12 and a conference record of 11-4. They have won three straight games, and their record as an underdog this season is 4-10. On the road, the Colonels have gone 6-9 this season, and their average scoring margin is -6.5.

In their last game, the Colonels defeated Incarnate Word by a score of 92-82. Over their last 10 road games, they have gone 4-6, and their record over their last five road games is 3-2. So far this season, they have been the underdog in 14 of their 28 games.

As the underdog this season, Nicholls has an ATS record of 8-6 and they are 1-2 vs. the spread in their last 3 games as the underdog. On the road, the Colonels have an ATS record of 9-6 this year and they are 2-1 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games. Overall, Nicholls has an ATS mark of 15-10 this season.

This season, the over/under record for Nicholls games is 13-12 and today’s line of 143.5 is similar to the average over/under line of 144.3 in their games. So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 164 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 3-0.

Nicholls finished with 92 points in their game against Incarnate Word. This total surpasses their season-average of 74 points per game. In terms of offense, the Colonels have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, putting them 264th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 89th in percentage and 104th in three-pointers made.

The Colonels’ defense is presently ranked 250th nationally, allowing an average of 75.0 points per contest. Nicholls’ three-point defense is currently 63rd in the country at 6.1 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 39.7% of their shots vs. Nicholls.

Can McNeese State Live Up to the Hype at Home?

McNeese State is coming off a 58-56 win over Lamar and has won six straight games. The Cowboys are 25-3 overall, including a perfect 10-0 record at home. They have an average scoring margin of +17.0 points per game at home.

For the season, McNeese State has been the favorite in 19 of its 28 games, going 18-1 in those contests. The Cowboys are 14-1 in Southland Conference games and 11-2 in non-conference matchups.

As the favorite, McNeese State has gone just 9-10 against the spread this season. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cowboys have an ATS mark of 5-5. At home this year, McNeese State is 6-4 vs. the spread.

Over their last three games, the over/under record for McNeese State is 1-2. So far this season, the over/under record for their games is 14-10. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 131 points compared to their season average of 141.3 points per game.

The McNeese State offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 58 points versus Lamar. During the game, they attempted 22 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 36.2%. The team’s scoring leader is Shahada Wells, who holds an average of 17.1 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Christian Shumate is averaging 12.1 points per game this season.

Currently, the Cowboys’ defense holds the 5th rank in the nation, allowing 61.0 points per game. Against Lamar in their most recent game, the McNeese State defense gave up a total of 56 points while allowing Lamar to hit 39% of their shots.