McNeese State Cowboys at Houston Baptist Huskies Free Prediction 02/29/20

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The Houston Baptist Huskies (3-23, 3-14 SthLnd) close out their home schedule at Sharp Gymnasium against the McNeese State Cowboys (13-15, 8-9 SthLnd). Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

McNeese State Cowboys at Houston Baptist Huskies ATS Odds

In their last outing, the Huskies were beaten by the Nicholls Colonels, 93-85, while the Cowboys had no trouble getting past the Southeastern Louisiana Lions, 104-82.

McNeese State’s effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over Southeastern Louisiana. The Cowboys had a rate of 0.754 (above their season average of 0.574), while the Lions posted a mark of 0.500. Houston Baptist, meanwhile, did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (10-12; 83.3 percent). Ian DuBose was a key piece for Houston Baptist with 19 points and six assists. Meanwhile, Sha’markus Kennedy led the way for McNeese State, contributing 21 points and 13 rebounds.

In their first matchup this season, Kennedy led the Cowboys to a 102-89 victory. He notched a double-double with 37 points and 14 rebounds. McNeese State had a much better free throw rate (0.383 vs. 0.207). Houston Baptist, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (41.8 vs. 21.9).

There could be plenty of transition action in this contest that showcases two of the country’s more up-tempo teams. Houston Baptist ranks third in possessions per game (77.4) and McNeese State is 54th (72.0). Furthermore, the 18th-ranked offense of the Cowboys (offensive efficiency of 111.9) will battle against the 354th-ranked defense of the Huskies (defensive efficiency of 121.3).

McNeese State Cowboys vs. Houston Baptist Huskies Odds Pick

Basketball Tip: SU Winner – McNeese State, ATS Winner – McNeese State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • McNeese State averages 16.6 assists per game, which ranks 10th in the nation. Houston Baptist ranks 282nd in assists allowed per game (19.4).
  • The Huskies rank 145th in three pointers allowed per game (21.5) while the Cowboys rank 263rd (25.0).
  • McNeese State ranks 60th in blocks per game (4.0) while Houston Baptist ranks 175th in blocks allowed per game (4.4).
  • The Cowboys rank 58th in rebounds allowed per game (32.6) while the Huskies rank 237th (37.5).
  • McNeese State averages 6.8 steals per game, which ranks 98th in the NCAA. Houston Baptist ranks 230th in steals allowed per game (8.8).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Cowboys have scored an equal number of points as their opponents. For the season, McNeese State has defeated opponents by an average of 6.1 points.
  • During their last five games, the Huskies have scored an average of 72.4 points per game (7.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 82.4 points per game (12.3 below their season average).