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New Orleans Privateers – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017

New Orleans Privateers – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017

New Orleans Privateers (Overall: 20-11, Conf: 13-5)

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Team Strengths:

Four of New Orleans’ starting seniors are playing some very sound basketball together in their final year with the school, with Southland Conference Player of the Year Erik Thomas – averaging close to 20 points and eight rebounds per game – looking like a one-man wrecking crew. You can even say that Thomas alone is responsible for taking the Privateers to the Big Dance and hopefully overcome the long +100,000 odds at winning the national title.

New Orleans’ cohesion is made clearer with their crisp passing (15 assists per contest) and shooting efficiency (46.2 percent from the field) for the season, and the team’s tested experience playing together could certainly surprise a contender or two.

Team Weaknesses:

Ironically, the Privateers are one of the most mistake-prone teams around despite having a good number veteran starters mentioned earlier. Only two teams in nation turned the ball over more than them during the season, and they don’t have any weapons from three-point range, either.

In turn, those turnovers and lack of firepower from deep certainly came back to bite New Orleans. The team suffered three regular-season losses by margins of 30 points or more, with one of those defeats being a 45-point humiliation against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Team Stats:

Points 70.8 217th
Rebounds 35.1 194th
Assists 15.0 61st
Steals 7.4 40th
Blocks 3.0 198th
Field goal percentage 46.2 64th
Three-point percentage 31.1 325th
Free throw percentage 71.0 148th
Turnovers 16.5 348th

Starting Lineup:

F Erik Thomas 19.5
F Travin Thibodeaux 8.6
G Tevin Broyles 8.0
G Christavious Gill 11.7
G Nate Frye 10.3

Writer’s Prediction:

The Privateers (+100,000) fail to advance from the First Four bracket of the tournament with a loss to Mount St. Mary’s.

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Written by Mark

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