North Carolina Central Eagles at McNeese State Cowboys Free Prediction

Victor TrejosBasketball, College Basketball

The McNeese State Cowboys (2-6) welcome the North Carolina Central Eagles (4-6) to H&HP Complex. The Eagles will attempt to snap a five-game road losing streak. Action starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 13, 2018.

North Carolina Central Eagles vs. McNeese State Cowboys Betting Odds

Both teams lost big in their last contest. The Cowboys fell to the Saint Mary’s Gaels, 87-65, while the Eagles were defeated by the 22nd-ranked Clemson Tigers, 71-51.

North Carolina Central had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (35.0 vs. 17.2) while McNeese State had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (33.3 vs. 27.6). McNeese State’s Malik Hines played well, recording 26 points and six rebounds. Zacarry Douglas, meanwhile played a pivotal role for North Carolina Central with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

In their first matchup this year, Raasean Davis led the Eagles to a 67-66 victory. He notched a double-double with 21 points and 17 rebounds. The Eagles’ 12.9 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Cowboys, who had a mark of 19.8.

Randy Miller, Jr. has been playing at a high level recently for North Carolina Central, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

Opposite tempos will be on display in this matchup. Since last season, McNeese State has preferred to play fast (93rd in possessions per game), while North Carolina Central has been slower-paced (198th in possessions per game). Additionally, the Eagles rank 53rd in offensive rebounding percentage (34.1 percent), while the Cowboys rank 291st in defensive rebounding percentage (68.7 percent).

North Carolina Central at McNeese State Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – McNeese State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • North Carolina Central ranks seventh in rebounds allowed per game (32.5) while McNeese State ranks 233rd (37.6).
  • The Eagles average 15.2 assists per game, which ranks 117th in the country. The Cowboys rank 176th in assists allowed per game (14.1).
  • McNeese State ranks 222nd in three pointers attempted per game (19.9) while North Carolina Central ranks 234th (18.5).
  • The Cowboys rank 35th in blocks per game (4.5) while the Eagles rank 169th (3.2).
  • North Carolina Central ranks 26th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while McNeese State ranks 155th (6.6).