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After a tough loss on the road their last time out, Incarnate Word looks much better today on their home court. A win is still up for grabs for either team after one quarter, but Incarnate Word is up 35-33 over the Cardinals.

With seven games having already gone down to the wire, it's been a real nail-biter of a season for Incarnate Word, and they're locked in yet another close battle with the Cardinals. Maybe Incarnate Word will pull away, but we predict a narrow margin.

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Lamar Cardinals @ Incarnate Word Cardinals

Current Records: Lamar 12-10, Incarnate Word 7-16

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After four games on the road, Incarnate Word is heading back home. They and the Lamar Cardinals will face off in a Southland battle at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday at Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. Coming off a loss in a game Incarnate Word was expected to win, they now face the more daunting task of proving themselves against unfavorable odds.

Incarnate Word suffered their closest loss since November 26, 2023 on Saturday. They fell just short of the Huskies by a score of 86-83. Having run the score up that high, both teams probably have some extra defensive drills coming up.

Meanwhile, Lamar's and the Colonels' contest on Saturday was close at halftime, but the Cardinals turned on the heat in the second half with 45 points. The Cardinals put the hurt on the Colonels with a sharp 75-56 win. Winning is a bit easier when your three-point shooting is a whole 24.1% better than the opposition, as Lamar's was.

The Cardinals have been struggling recently as they've lost eight of their last ten contests, which put a noticeable dent in their 7-16 record this season. As for the Cardinals, they pushed their record up to 12-10 with that victory, which was their seventh straight at home.

While only Incarnate Word took care of their fans the last time they played, neither team managed to cover. Looking ahead, Lamar is the favorite in this one, as the experts expect to see them win by 5.5 points. Those brave souls putting their money on Incarnate Word against the spread have faith in an upset since their 7-13-1 ATS record can't hold a candle to Lamar's 14-6-1.

Incarnate Word ended up a good deal behind the Cardinals in their previous matchup back in January, losing 75-59. Will Incarnate Word have more luck at home instead of on the road?


Lamar is a solid 5.5-point favorite against Incarnate Word, 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 Cardinals as a 5-point favorite.

The over/under is set at 152.5 points.

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Series History

Lamar has won 8 out of their last 10 games against Incarnate Word.

  • Jan 08, 2024 - Lamar 75 vs. Incarnate Word 59
  • Feb 09, 2023 - Lamar 68 vs. Incarnate Word 59
  • Jan 21, 2023 - Incarnate Word 70 vs. Lamar 64
  • Feb 24, 2021 - Lamar 67 vs. Incarnate Word 45
  • Feb 03, 2021 - Incarnate Word 67 vs. Lamar 58
  • Feb 26, 2020 - Lamar 86 vs. Incarnate Word 66
  • Jan 22, 2020 - Lamar 89 vs. Incarnate Word 77
  • Feb 20, 2019 - Lamar 76 vs. Incarnate Word 58
  • Jan 23, 2019 - Lamar 87 vs. Incarnate Word 81
  • Feb 14, 2018 - Lamar 85 vs. Incarnate Word 62