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Northwestern St. vs. Texas A&M-CC odds, picks and predictions

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The No. 2 Northwestern State Demons battle the No. 1 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Wednesday in the Southland Championship. Tip from The Legacy Center is set for 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2) Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Northwestern St. vs. Texas A&M-CC odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

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Northwestern State beat No. 7 New Orleans 74-70 Tuesday, failing to cover as a 7-point favorite on its lone Southland Tournament game. The Demons are just 1-6 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 games. They are 21-10 on the season and 18-11-1 ATS.

The Islanders, on the other hand, beat No. 8 McNeese State 80-63 Tuesday, covering as a 9.5-point favorite. They have covered 4 of their last 6 and are 11-1 straight up over their last 12. Texas A&M-CC is 21-10 on the season and 15-12 ATS.

The Islanders beat the Demons both times this season, covering in both games as well. They played Feb. 25 with the Islanders winning 83-75 and covering as a 4.5-point home favorite.

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Northwestern St. vs. Texas A&M-CC odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 8:20 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline (ML): Northwestern St. +122 (bet $100 to win $122) | Texas A&M-CC -155 (bet $155 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Northwestern St. +2.5 (-105) | Texas A&M-CC -2.5 (-115)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 145.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

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Northwestern St. vs. Texas A&M-CC picks and predictions

Prediction

Texas A&M-CC 78, Northwestern St. 73

Moneyline

PASS.

At (-155), considering Texas A&M-CC won both, even on the road, playing the Islanders to win outright has some value. I would ultimately pass to take the spread.

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Against the spread

LEAN TEXAS A&M-CC -2.5 (-115).

Texas A&M-CC won just a few weeks ago by 8 and also went to Northwestern State Dec. 31 and won by 6. It has also covered at a much higher rate recently.

The Demons are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games. The Islanders are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games. They also score the 19th-most points per game (80.6) which goes hand-in-hand with the Demons’ main weakness as they allow 72 points per game, 240th-best in the nation.

Considering the trends, back TEXAS A&M-CC -2.5 (-115).

Over/Under

BET OVER 145.5 (-115).

The Islanders play at a fast pace and rank 5th in the nation in free-throw percentage (79.1%), so they should be able to make the most of their opportunities. They scored 83 on the Demons late last month as well.

Texas A&M-CC has gone Over in 3 of its last 4 games and is 17-9 O/U this season. The Demons are 17-13 O/U this season and 2-1 O/U in their last 3 games, having eclipsed 74 in 3 straight as well.

Ultimately, back the OVER 145.5 (-115).

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