The McNeese State Cowboys (11-16, 7-9 SthLnd) will travel to American Bank Center to go head-to-head with the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (9-17, 6-10 SthLnd) in their home finale. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
McNeese State Cowboys at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Betting Preview
The Cowboys defeated the Houston Baptist Huskies in their last matchup, 88-79. Jarren Greenwood was the game’s high scorer with 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting. McNeese State played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.379 (above their season average of 0.230) and a turnover percentage of 12.2 (better than their season average of 16.9). For those same stats, Houston Baptist was 0.145 and 15.9, respectively.
In the Islanders’ last game, they were topped by the Incarnate Word Cardinals, 69-62. Joseph Kilgore was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Incarnate Word had an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 28.3). Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, on the other hand, forced the Cardinals into a turnover percentage of 23.7 (above their season average of 19.4).
It will be a matchup of conflicting paces as the fast-paced Cowboys (ranked 36th in the NCAA in possessions per game) will look to push the more half-court-oriented Islanders (201st in possessions per game).
Quatarrius Wilson has really been playing well over the last five games for McNeese State, averaging 14.2 points and 13.0 rebounds per game.
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after the Islanders won both matchups last season. In the last game, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won 81-70. The Islanders dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.365 and a turnover percentage of 14.9. For those same stats, the Cowboys were 0.263 and 20.4, respectively.
McNeese State Cowboys at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, ATS Winner – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, O/U – Over