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Miami Hurricanes vs. La Salle Explorers Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/22/13

La Salle Explorers (6-5) at Miami Hurricanes (6-5)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm (BankUnited Center)

The Line: Miami Hurricanes -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Miami Hurricanes and the LaSalle Explorers face off on Sunday in Miami in college basketball action.

The Miami Hurricanes are clearly not the team they were a year ago as it looks to be a rebuilding year. Miami is 6-5 for the season and they are just 2-3 at home. Rion Brown leads the Hurricanes averaging 13.3 points and 6.0 rebounds. Garrius Adams is averaging 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds, Donnavan Kirk is averaging 9.5 points and 7.0 rebounds, and James Kelly is averaging 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds. Miami is averaging 65.9 points and they are shooting 41 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 61.6 points and their opponents are shooting 41 percent. Miami begins ACC conference play on January 4th against Syracuse.

Miami Hurricanes vs. La Salle Explorers Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/22/13

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The LaSalle Explorers are 6-5 for the season but they have won three of their last four games. LaSalle has played the 65th ranked schedule in the nation but they are 0-2 away from home. Tyrone Garland is the Explorers leading scorer averaging 14.7 points per game. Tyreek Duren is averaging 12.5 points, Jerrell Wright is averaging 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Steve Zack is averaging 9.6 points and 9.4 rebounds. LaSalle is averaging 70.5 points and they are shooting 40.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.1 points and their opponents are shooting 43.5 percent. LaSalle begins A-10 play on January 8th.

Miami is 6-1 against the spread against the A-10, 1-5 against the spread in their last six games, and 0-5 against the spread in their last five home games. LaSalle is 1-8 against the spread in their last nine non-conference games, 0-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games against a team with a losing home record.

This one is a toss up a the line indicates so I will give Miami a slight lean as the home team. 

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Miami Hurricanes -2.5

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