SthLnd foes will collide when the Lamar Cardinals (10-7, 2-2 SthLnd) meet the Southeastern Louisiana Lions (9-7, 3-0 SthLnd) at Montagne Center. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.
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The Lions barely escaped the Abilene Christian Wildcats in their last matchup, 72-70. With 11 points, six rebounds and six assists, Marlain Veal had a solid performance for Southeastern Louisiana. Southeastern Louisiana dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.220 (below their season average of 0.255) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.610 (above their season average of 0.502). Abilene Christian put up marks of 0.106 and 0.477, respectively, for those same stats.
The last time the Cardinals played, they were defeated by the Central Arkansas Bears, 100-91. Colton Weisbrod was the top scorer from either team with 38 points on 11-for-17 shooting. Central Arkansas held the Cardinals to an effective field goal percentage of 0.412 (below their season average of 0.511). Lamar, on the other hand, had a free throw rate of 0.313 (above their season average of 0.231).
It will be a matchup of opposite paces as the fast-paced Cardinals will look to push the more grind-it-out Lions. The Cardinals rank 71st in possessions per game while the Lions are 174th. Also, the Lions rank 325th in turnover percentage (22.4 percent), while the Cardinals rank ninth in opponents turnover percentage (24.7 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Cardinals won both matchups last season. In the last matchup, Lamar won 77-65. The Cardinals played a flawless game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.521 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.542. The Lions put up marks of 0.400 and 0.450, respectively, for those same stats.
Southeastern Louisiana Lions vs. Lamar Cardinals ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Southeastern Louisiana, ATS Winner – Southeastern Louisiana, O/U – Over
- Lamar averages 9.5 steals per game, which ranks ninth in the nation. Southeastern Louisiana ranks 114th in steals allowed per game (6.7).
- The Cardinals average 38.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 49th in the NCAA. The Lions rank 136th in rebounds allowed per game (35.3).
- The Cardinals have scored an equal number of points as their opponents. On the season, Lamar has defeated opponents by an average of 8.4 points.
- During their last five games, the Lions have scored an average of 68.4 points per game (4.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.8 points per game (2.0 above their season average).