McNeese State Cowboys vs. Abilene Christian Wildcats Betting Prediction 01/08/20

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The McNeese State Cowboys (5-9, 0-3 SthLnd) and their outstanding offense head to Abilene Christian to play the Wildcats (8-6, 3-0 SthLnd) and their superb defense. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

McNeese State Cowboys at Abilene Christian Wildcats ATS Odds

In their last game, the Wildcats were victorious over the Lamar Cardinals, 74-62, while the Cowboys lost to the Central Arkansas Bears, 79-69.

Abilene Christian played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 14.5 (better than their season average of 16.1) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.8 (above their season average of 32.2). For those same stats, Lamar put up marks of 27.9 and 33.3, respectively. McNeese State, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.8 (above their season average of 30.6). Clay Gayman had a good game for Abilene Christian, recording 11 points and seven rebounds. Meanwhile, A.J. Lawson played a pivotal role for McNeese State with 15 points and seven rebounds.

The Wildcats won the lone game between these two teams last season, 73-72. Abilene Christian had a better effective field goal percentage (0.596 vs. 0.547). McNeese State, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (25.8 vs. 19.4). This is the first time these teams will battle this year.

Abilene Christian should have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Wildcats currently rank 95th in offensive efficiency, while the Cowboys rank 269th in defensive efficiency. It could also be a mistake-prone game for the Cowboys’ offense, which ranks 344th in ball security (turnover percentage of 23.7 percent). They’ll be going up against the top-notch defense of the Wildcats, which forces the second-most turnovers in the nation (28.9 percent).

McNeese State vs. Abilene Christian ATS Pick

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

Betting Notes:

  • Abilene Christian ranks 15th in three pointers allowed per game (17.1) while McNeese State ranks 233rd (25.2).
  • The Cowboys rank 45th in blocks per game (4.4) while the Wildcats rank 168th (2.4).
  • McNeese State ranks 38th in rebounds allowed per game (31.8) while Abilene Christian ranks 62nd (32.8).
  • The Wildcats rank 20th in assists allowed per game (9.6) while the Cowboys rank 204th (14.9).
  • Abilene Christian averages 9.8 steals per game, which ranks 11th in the nation. McNeese State ranks 192nd in steals allowed per game (8.6).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Cowboys have scored an average of 81.6 points per game (0.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 78.8 points per game (5.1 above their season average).
  • The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 17.4, up from 14.4 for the season.