Picks & Analysis: Nicholls vs SIU Edwardsville 11-17-2023

Picks & Analysis: Nicholls vs SIU Edwardsville 11-17-2023

November 17, 2023

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The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars (2-2) take on the Nicholls State Colonels (2-2) at Mitchell Center on November 17th.


Having a 2-2 record going into this match, they have averaged 78.0 points each game, showcasing their attacking prowess. Forward Jamal West Jr., leads the Colonels in scoring with an astounding 20.0 points per game and is among the conference’s top scorers. In addition, forward Diante Smith has made a significant contribution, averaging 15.7 PPG to form a potent scoring tandem. Their offense is looking strong since they have 3 players averaging double digits in scoring. They won their last game against the South Alabama Jaguars in overtime with a final score of 102-97. Given that the Nicholls defense is currently allowing 86.2 PPG (138th), they will be hoping for a stronger showing. Going forward, Nicholls State needs to continue to be a consistent offensive team, in particular with Jamal West Jr. at the forefront of the scoring attack.



The SIUE offense just won a game against Denver in which they produced 77 points and their opponent ended up with 74 points. They made six three-pointers while maintaining a 50% field goal percentage overall. Senior Shamar Wright led the Cougars in scoring with 24 points, and Ray’Sean Taylor contributed in with another 21. Junior guard Damarco Minor shot 42.2 percent from the field and thirty-one percent from beyond the arc last season, averaging 14.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game with 1.0 made 3-pointer a game and he hasn’t slowed down as he is leading rebounding, second-leading scorer, and top assist leader. In order to stay at the top of the conference going forward, SIU-Edwardsville will have to count on their 3-point shooting and continue to focus on raising their field goal percent. Their success will mostly depend on Shamar Wright’s reliable scoring, and improving their rebounding will be critical to their overall effectiveness.


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UC Nicholls Colonels vs SIU Edwardsville Cougars Game Information

  • Date: 11/17/2023
  • Time: 07:00 PM ET
  • Location: Mitchell Center, Mobile, AL.
  • How to Watch Nicholls vs SIU Edwardsville: FS1
  • Live Stream: CBS.com


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