Nicholls Colonels vs. Northwestern State Demons ATS Prediction 01/02/19

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The Nicholls Colonels (7-6) will be at Prather Coliseum to square off with the Northwestern State Demons (5-8) in a SthLnd matchup. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Nicholls Colonels at Northwestern State Demons Betting Odds

Both teams won big over their last opponent. The Demons defeated the Centenary Gentlemen 102-62, while the Colonels beat the Mississippi College Choctaws 86-58.

The Colonels had a much better turnover percentage (14.8 vs. 27.1) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.602 vs. 0.405). The Demons, meanwhile, had a much better free throw rate (0.250 vs. 0.069) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (44.2 vs. 28.0). Ishmael Lane had a good outing for Northwestern State, finishing with 15 points, six rebounds and five blocks. Nicholls, meanwhile, was led by Jeremiah Jefferson, who contributed 28 points.

The Colonels dominated this series last year, taking both contests. In the most recent contest, Nicholls won 73-70. Nicholls had a much better free throw rate (0.417 vs. 0.148). Northwestern State, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (20.1 vs. 24.6). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

This could end up being a sloppy game for the offense of Northwestern State. Northwestern State ranks 344th in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 22.4 percent), while the pesky defense of Nicholls forces the 58th-most turnovers in the nation (21.0 percent).

Nicholls at Northwestern State Pick

College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Northwestern State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Nicholls ranks 82nd in three pointers attempted per game (28.8) while Northwestern State ranks 248th (22.2).
  • The Colonels average 35.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 120th in the country. The Demons rank 208th in rebounds allowed per game (40.4).
  • Nicholls blocks 4.7 opponent shots per game, which is ranked 58th in the country. Northwestern State ranks 127th in blocks allowed per game (4.5).
  • The Colonels average 6.8 steals per game, which ranks 16th in the country. The Demons rank 181st in steals allowed per game (7.7).
  • Nicholls ranks 101st in assists per game (12.8) while Northwestern State ranks 234th (10.2).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Colonels have scored an average of 73.4 points per game (0.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 78.6 points per game (5.0 above their season average).
  • The Demons’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.2, up from 9.0 for the season.