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New Orleans @ McNeese State

Current Records: New Orleans 4-7; McNeese State 4-9

What to Know

The New Orleans Privateers are 9-2 against the McNeese State Cowboys since January of 2016, and they'll have a chance to extend that success Thursday. The Privateers and McNeese State will face off in a Southland battle at 2:30 p.m. ET at Leonard E. Merrell Center. These two teams are sauntering into the matchup backed by comfortable wins in their prior games.

New Orleans couldn't have asked for better way to wrap up 2021 than the 94-54 stomp they got at home against the Belhaven College Blazers last Friday.

Meanwhile, McNeese State took their game at home last week with ease, bagging a 115-66 win over the Ecclesia Royals.

Barring any buzzer beaters, New Orleans is expected to win a tight contest. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with New Orleans, who are 5-4 against the spread.

The wins brought the Privateers up to 4-7 and the Cowboys to 4-9. A pair of stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: New Orleans is stumbling into the contest with the 44th most turnovers per game in college basketball, having accrued 14.9 on average. To make matters even worse for New Orleans, McNeese State comes into the matchup boasting the 24th most takeaways per game in college basketball at 17.3.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Leonard E. Merrell Center -- Katy, Texas
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Privateers are a slight 2-point favorite against the Cowboys, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Privateers as a 1-point favorite.

Over/Under: -117

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Series History

New Orleans have won nine out of their last 11 games against McNeese State.

  • Jan 16, 2021 - New Orleans 99 vs. McNeese State 84
  • Feb 22, 2020 - New Orleans 82 vs. McNeese State 77
  • Jan 18, 2020 - McNeese State 65 vs. New Orleans 52
  • Feb 23, 2019 - New Orleans 60 vs. McNeese State 51
  • Jan 12, 2019 - New Orleans 79 vs. McNeese State 66
  • Feb 17, 2018 - New Orleans 90 vs. McNeese State 74
  • Jan 06, 2018 - New Orleans 82 vs. McNeese State 75
  • Feb 09, 2017 - New Orleans 69 vs. McNeese State 63
  • Jan 26, 2017 - New Orleans 75 vs. McNeese State 56
  • Feb 11, 2016 - McNeese State 87 vs. New Orleans 76
  • Jan 30, 2016 - New Orleans 76 vs. McNeese State 64