The Southeastern Louisiana Lions (6-22, 3-14 SthLnd) and the Northwestern State Demons (12-14, 9-8 SthLnd) go head-to-head at University Center. The Lions look to put an end to their eight-game losing streak. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
Northwestern State Demons at Southeastern Louisiana Lions Odds Preview
In the Demons’ last game, they got blown out by the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 90-59. With 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting, Jairus Roberson was Northwestern State’s high scorer. Stephen F. Austin forced the Demons into a turnover percentage of 29.3 (above their season average of 20.0). Northwestern State, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.226 (above their season average of 0.221).
The Lions are hoping for a better outcome after their 104-82 loss to the McNeese State Cowboys in their last matchup. Brandon Gonzalez was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points on 8-for-19 shooting. McNeese State made 13 of their 28 three pointers (46.4 percent). Southeastern Louisiana, meanwhile, did an excellent job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (20-27; 74.1 percent).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Lions won 84-81. Southeastern Louisiana’s 0.478 effective field goal percentage was its largest strength over Northwestern State, who had a rate of 0.447. Ty Brewer put up a double-double in the victory with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
There could be a fair amount of transition action in this contest that features a pair of the nation’s more up-and-down teams. Southeastern Louisiana ranks 18th in possessions per game (74.4) and Northwestern State is 24th (74.0). Additionally, the 47th-ranked defense of the Demons (effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.462) will go head-to-head against the 319th-ranked offense of the Lions (effective field goal percentage of 0.465).
Northwestern State at Southeastern Louisiana Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Southeastern Louisiana, ATS Winner – Southeastern Louisiana, O/U – Over
The Demons average 12.9 assists per game, which ranks 150th in the nation. The Lions rank 257th in assists allowed per game (15.4).
Southeastern Louisiana averages 21.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 164th in the nation. Northwestern State ranks 183rd in three pointers allowed per game (22.4).
Northwestern State ranks 41st in rebounds per game (38.9) while Southeastern Louisiana ranks 261st (32.4).
The Lions average 8.0 steals per game, which ranks 34th in the country. The Demons rank 230th in steals allowed per game (8.8).
Northwestern State ranks 29th in blocks per game (4.6) while Southeastern Louisiana ranks 217th (1.8).
The Lions’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.8, up from 9.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Demons have scored an average of 75.0 points per game (2.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 76.2 points per game (1.0 above their season average).