BANKER (Texas A&M-CC vs. Nicholls State)
Nicholls State is one of the best teams out of the south land conference and this year is no different. They are off to a 9-6 start and don’t have a single bad loss on their schedule. They came very close to beating Wisconsin (lost by 3), held their own against Purdue (lost by 14), and hung in there against TCU (lost by 13 but led at HT) so they’ve played a very tough Schedule to this point and k believe they are prepared well for conference play.
Nicholls has a very solid offense as they are 64th in the nation in effective field goal percentage, 61st in 3-point percentage, 90th in 2-point percentage which are very solid national numbers for a team out of the Southaven conference. Overall, to this point in the season, Nicholls has the 52nd ranked strength of schedule and they face a Texas AM CC team who has been a nice surprise starting off the year 12-3 but they have the 350th ranked strength of schedule so they really haven’t challenged themselves the same way Nicholls has.
Texas AM CC really struggles on the defensive end as they are ranked 231st in overall adjusted defensive efficiency, 271st in defensive effective field goal percentage, and 342nd in defensive foul rate so they really struggle on that side of the ball. This is a Nicholls team who put up 90 on Purdue so they have a lot of scorers at every position and think they will be able to exploit Texas AM CC’s defensive struggles. The bottom line for me in this game is that Nicholls has beaten better opponents, played a tougher schedule, and has more experience and overall talent which I believe will lift them to a victory here in this early conference matchup. Score Prediction: 82-73 Nicholls St
Harvard typically has a good program coming out of the Ivy League and they have gotten off to a hot and cold start. They come into this game with an 8-4 record and have played very well at home as they only have one home loss all year to a very solid Rhode Island team. They face a brown team who comes into this game struggling mightily. Brown has lost 4 games in a row and has gone 0-4 ATS in all of those games as well.
Brown struggles offensively as they come into this matchup ranked 239th in overall adjusted offensive efficiency, 225th in offensive effective field goal percentage, and 259th in 3-point percentage so they are not a very good shooting team. Harvard is not a great defensive team, but they do force a lot of turnovers in defense as they are ranked 43rd in the nation in defensive TO rate. Couple browns recent struggles with how well Harvard performs as home and k believe Harvard will be able to come away with a win in this Ivy League matchup: Score Prediction: 74-68 Harvard
McNeese state is a team out of the south land conference who has gotten off to a rocky start as they come into this game with a 5-9 record, but I think they get a favorable matchup here against a SE Louisiana team. SELA is also off to a 5-9 start, but I’ve watched both of these teams play and SELA is much worse than their record indicates. 3 of their 5 wins have come against non D1 teams and their only other 2 wins in the season are against Houston Baptist who is dreadful and a Troy team who is a bad sun belt team.
SELA is one of the worst defensive teams in the nation as they are 320th in adjusted defensive efficiency and 346th in defensive effective field goal percentage. I think McNeese state will be able to use their momentum from their recent double OT win and carry that over into a win here against a bad defensive SELA team. Score Prediction: 81-75 McNeese State