McNeese State Cowboys vs Western Carolina Catamount prediction

NCAA Basketball: McNeese State Cowboys vs. Western Carolina Catamounts Prediction 11/18/2023

The McNeese State Cowboys (1-0) travel to face off against the Western Carolina Catamounts (2-0) on Saturday, November 18th. This game will be played at Ramsey Center in Cullowhee and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 4:00 ET.

McNeese State Cowboys vs Western Carolina Catamounts

The McNeese State Cowboys Are Coming Off A Win

In their most recent game, McNeese State came away with a 76-65 victory against VCU, giving them a 1-0 record. Looking at their past three games where they were the underdog, McNeese State has a 2-1 record. McNeese State has a current ATS record of 1-0 heading into today’s game. When considering the team’s previous three games, they hold an ATS record of 0-0 with an average scoring margin of +26.

After just one game, McNeese State’s over/under record stands at 0-1-0 following an over/under record of 18-15-0 last season. The Cowboys have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 85 points per game and an over/under record of 0-2.

The Western Carolina Catamounts Are Coming Off A Win

Western Carolina remains undefeated at 2-0 after defeating Middle Tennessee 66-64 in their last game. So far this season, all of the Catamounts’ games have been on the road. As of now, Western Carolina holds a 2-0 ATS record as they prepare to face McNeese State. Looking back at their last ten games, which includes the previous season, Western Carolina has gone 6-2-1 vs. the spread.

Through two games, Western Carolina has an over/under record of 0-2-0 with their games averaging a combined 131 points per game so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Catamounts’ games have averaged 82 points per game, along with an over/under record of 2-2.

McNeese State Offense Breakdown

Coming off their recent game, the McNeese State offense tallied 76 points in a matchup against VCU. Their field goal percentage for the game was 45.8%, and they made 8 threes. Shahada Wells is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 13.5. Meanwhile, Christian Shumate also brings a PPG average of 12.8 into the game.

Shahada Wells (G) 13.5 2.5 2.8
Christian Shumate (F) 12.8 10.0 0.8
DJ Richards (G) 12.5 3.0 1.0

Western Carolina Offense Breakdown

In their recent matchup, the Western Carolina offense ended with 66 points against Middle Tennessee. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 41.4% and made 2 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Vonterius Woolbright, who holds an average of 20.7 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, DJ Campbell is averaging 14.7 points per game this season.

Vonterius Woolbright (G) 20.7 10.3 5.0
DJ Campbell (G) 14.7 6.7 1.7
Russell Jones (G) 11.7 2.0 1.7

McNeese State Team Defense

At present, the Cowboys’ defense is nationally ranked 7th, allowing 53.8 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, McNeese State’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 23.4% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 19.4% this season.

Western Carolina Team Defense

This season, the Western Carolina defense has been impressive, holding the 39th position in the country while permitting an average of 63.3 points per contest. The Western Carolina defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 64 points and allowed Middle Tennessee to connect on 3 threes.

Cowboys vs Catamounts Trends

  • In their last ten games away from home, the Cowboys have a straight up record of 4-6 while going 5-5 vs. the spread. The team averaged 72 points per game in this stretch.
  • In their last three home games, Western Carolina has averaged 64 points per game while allowing 63. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.
  • McNeese State has done well both straight up and vs the spread as the underdog, going 3-2 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five games.
  • The Catamounts have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 3-0 straight up and 2-0-1 against the spread.

Cowboys vs Catamounts Prediction

The Catamounts is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 76-68. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Catamounts at -4.

As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 146 and our model has the Cowboys and Catamounts finishing with a combined 144 points. Our pick is to take the under.

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