2023-24 McNeese Men’s Basketball: Odds To Make NCAA Tournament, Win Title

Written By PlayPicks Staff on February 12, 2024

At +30000, the McNeese Cowboys (30-3) sport the best odds in the Southland (and 44th-best odds overall) to win the 2023-24 college basketball national championship. On Thursday, March 21, they square off against the Gonzaga Bulldogs .

On Wednesday, in its last game, McNeese topped Nicholls State 92-76. With 27 points, Shahada Wells was its high scorer.

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McNeese NCAA Championship Odds

  • National championship odds (pre-NCAA Tournament): +30000
  • National championship odds (current): +30000

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McNeese Strength of Schedule, Tournament Resume

  • According to our predictions, the Cowboys are facing the 331st-ranked schedule in Division I in terms of difficulty.
  • For the remainder of 2023-24, McNeese plays one team with a record not as good as its own, and one team currently above .500.
  • There are one game remaining on the Cowboys’ schedule in 2023-24, and one is against teams currently residing in the Top 25.
  • McNeese notched its best win of the season on November 28 by registering an 81-60 victory over the UAB Blazers, the No. 52-ranked team based on the RPI.
  • When facing Quadrant 3 opponents (based on the RPI), the Cowboys are 8-0 (1.000%) — tied for the 16th-most victories.
  • According to the RPI, McNeese has 16 wins versus Quadrant 4 teams, tied for the sixth-most in the country.

McNeese Season Stats and Insights

  • The Cowboys outscore opponents by 18.9 points per game (scoring 80.4 points per game to rank 37th in college basketball while giving up 61.5 per contest to rank fifth in college basketball) and have a +624 scoring differential overall.
  • The Cowboys knock down 7.7 three-pointers per game (143rd in college basketball) at a 38.8% rate (ninth-best in college basketball), compared to the 7.6 their opponents make while shooting 32.7% from deep.
  • McNeese ranks 128th in college basketball by averaging 245.4 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively is first in college basketball, allowing 187.7 points per 100 possessions.
  • The Cowboys win the turnover battle by 3.9 per game, committing 9.1 (20th in college basketball) while their opponents average 13.0.

McNeese Leading Performers

  • The Cowboys points and assists leader is Wells. He averages 17.8 points per game and dishes out 4.8 assists.
  • McNeese is led by Christian Shumate’s 9.5 rebounds per game.
  • DJ Richards makes 2.3 threes per game to lead the Cowboys.
  • McNeese’s steals leader is Wells, who grabs 3.0 per game. Shumate leads the team averaging 1.4 blocks a contest.

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