Nicholls State @ Incarnate Word
Current Records: Nicholls State 8-6; Incarnate Word 3-11
What to Know
The Incarnate Word Cardinals and the Nicholls State Colonels are set to square off in a Southland matchup at 8:30 p.m. ET Jan. 6 at Leonard E. Merrell Center. The Cardinals should still be feeling good after a victory, while Nicholls State will be looking to regain their footing.
Incarnate Word couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2022 than the 90-45 stomp they dished out against the Dallas Christian Crusaders at home on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Colonels’ 2021 ended with a 104-90 loss against the Purdue Boilermakers last Wednesday. Nicholls State’s defeat shouldn’t obscure the performances of guard Ty Gordon, who shot 9-for-15 from beyond the arc and finished with 29 points and five assists, and center Ryghe Lyons, who had 20 points in addition to seven rebounds and three blocks. Lyons hadn’t helped his team much against the Oregon State Beavers two weeks ago, so this was a nice turnaround for him.
Incarnate Word is the clear underdog, so they’re hoping it’s the size of the fight that determines this one. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with Incarnate Word, who are 5-6 against the spread.
The Cardinals’ win brought them up to 3-11 while the Colonels’ loss pulled them down to 8-6. Two stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Incarnate Word is 16th worst in college basketball in points allowed per game, with 77.1 on average. Nicholls State’s offense has more to brag about, as they they enter the game with 80.2 points per game on average, good for 31st best in college basketball. So the cards are definitely stacked in their favor.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Leonard E. Merrell Center — Katy, Texas
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Colonels are a big 10-point favorite against the Cardinals, according to the latest college basketball odds.
Bettors have moved against the Colonels slightly, as the game opened with the Colonels as a 12-point favorite.
Nicholls State have won five out of their last seven games against Incarnate Word.
- Jan 02, 2020 – Nicholls State 76 vs. Incarnate Word 60
- Jan 05, 2019 – Incarnate Word 65 vs. Nicholls State 58
- Dec 30, 2017 – Nicholls State 77 vs. Incarnate Word 60
- Feb 23, 2017 – Nicholls State 77 vs. Incarnate Word 68
- Dec 31, 2016 – Nicholls State 94 vs. Incarnate Word 84
- Feb 08, 2016 – Nicholls State 71 vs. Incarnate Word 60
- Jan 30, 2016 – Incarnate Word 68 vs. Nicholls State 61