Looking to win big? The Colonels and Lions face off at 8:30 ET on ESPN+. The Lions are hosting the game at University Center (LA) in Hammond, LA. The over/under for this Southland conference contest is set at 139.5 points, with Southeastern Louisiana being favored by -3.5 at home against Nicholls.

NICHOLLS COLONELS VS SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA LIONS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Southeastern Louisiana Lions -3.5

This game will be played at University Center (LA) at 8:30 ET on Thursday, March 7th.

WHY BET THE SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA LIONS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Lions.
  • Not only will Southeastern Louisiana pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.

Can Nicholls Pull Off a Road Win?

Coming into today’s game, Nicholls State is 17-13 overall and 12-5 in Southland Conference play. They have gone 7-10 on the road this season, and their average scoring margin in those games is -6.6 points per game. As the underdog, the Colonels have gone 4-11 this year.

After their most recent game, a 68-62 win over Northwestern State, Nicholls State is 5-5 in their last 10 road games. So far this year, they have been the underdog in 15 of their 30 games.

As the underdog this season, Nicholls has gone 8-7 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 10-7, including a 5-5 record in their last 10 road games.

On the season, the over/under record for Nicholls sits at 14-13 and today’s over/under line of 139.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (144.2). Over their last three games, their games have averaged 149 points compared to their season average of 148.6 points per game. Over their last five games, the OU record is 4-1.

In contrast to their season average of 73.4 points per game, the Nicholls had a below average performance. They scored 68 points against Northwestern State and had a field goal percentage of 45.7%. The Nicholls offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 22.8 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 36% of their looks from outside this season.

Currently, the Colonels’ defense holds the 246th rank in the nation, allowing 74.8 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Nicholls’ defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 28.2% this season.

Can the Lions Hold Strong at Home?

So far this season, Southeastern Louisiana has been favored in 13 games and has gone 9-4 in those contests. At home, the Lions are 6-3 on the year, and their average scoring margin at home is +.3 points per game.

Over their last 10 games at home, Southeastern Louisiana has gone 7-3. In their most recent game, the Lions defeated Incarnate Word by a score of 73-56.

So far this season, Southeastern Louisiana has gone 13-13 vs. the spread. At home, they are just 4-5 ATS. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Lions have gone 6-4 vs. the spread. In their last 3 home games, they are 1-2 ATS.

So far this season, the over/under record for Southeastern Louisiana games is 11-15. Today’s over/under line of 139.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games this year (141.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 139 points, which is close to today’s over/under line. Over their last 10 games, their over/under record is 6-4.

In their recent matchup, the Southeastern Louisiana offense ended with 73 points against Incarnate Word. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 41.2% and made 8 threes. Leading Southeastern Louisiana in scoring vs. Incarnate Word was Brody Rowbury with his 20 points. Nick Caldwell also added 18 points for the Lions.

On defense, Southeastern Louisiana is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 70.4 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Southeastern Louisiana’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 39.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.1% this season.