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McNeese State @ NW State

Regular Season Records: McNeese State 10-21; NW State 9-22

What to Know

The McNeese State Cowboys and the NW State Demons are set to clash at 8:30 p.m. ET March 9 at Leonard E. Merrell Center in the first round of the Southland Conference Tourney. Given that both teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this game.

The Cowboys were within striking distance but couldn't close the gap on Saturday as they fell 149-144 to the Houston Bap. Huskies.

Meanwhile, NW State was within striking distance but couldn't close the gap on Saturday as they fell 85-80 to the Southeastern Louisiana Lions.

Barring any buzzer beaters, McNeese State is expected to win a tight contest on Wednesday. Those sticking with them against the spread have guts, to put it politely, as the team has let down bettors in their past four games.

A couple defensive stats to keep an eye on: The Cowboys are stumbling into the matchup with the eighth most points allowed per game in college basketball, having given up 77.6 on average. NW State has experienced some struggles of their own as they are 353rd worst in college basketball in points allowed per game, with 80.4 on average. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Leonard E. Merrell Center -- Katy, Texas
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Cowboys are a slight 1.5-point favorite against the Demons, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 1.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -111

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Series History

NW State and McNeese State both have seven wins in their last 14 games.

  • Feb 12, 2022 - McNeese State 80 vs. NW State 75
  • Feb 05, 2022 - McNeese State 93 vs. NW State 84
  • Feb 13, 2021 - NW State 69 vs. McNeese State 66
  • Jan 09, 2021 - NW State 78 vs. McNeese State 75
  • Feb 15, 2020 - NW State 84 vs. McNeese State 79
  • Jan 11, 2020 - McNeese State 85 vs. NW State 76
  • Feb 09, 2019 - NW State 74 vs. McNeese State 72
  • Jan 05, 2019 - NW State 66 vs. McNeese State 61
  • Feb 03, 2018 - McNeese State 75 vs. NW State 62
  • Dec 30, 2017 - McNeese State 72 vs. NW State 63
  • Jan 21, 2017 - NW State 78 vs. McNeese State 65
  • Dec 31, 2016 - McNeese State 79 vs. NW State 72
  • Feb 13, 2016 - NW State 87 vs. McNeese State 78
  • Jan 23, 2016 - McNeese State 75 vs. NW State 74