La Salle Explorers vs. Rhode Island Rams Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/15/14
Rhode Island Rams (9-8) at La Salle Explorers (9-6)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Tom Gola Arena)
The Line: La Salle Explorers -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The Rhode Island Rams take a trip down the interstate to take the floor with the La Salle Explorers.
I don't believe we'll ever know what we can expect from Rhode Island who can play tough at times. What I didn't expect is the Rams to fall behind George Washington 37-13 after 20 minutes on the way to a 69-56 defeat. In the end the Colonials took their foot off the gas pedal to make the boxscore look more competitive then it really was. Hassan was one of the few to play well with 16 points and ten rebounds on 8-9 from the floor with TJ Buchanan also doing well with 13 points on 4-4 shooting while Gilvydas Biruta and Xavier Munford combined for 17 points on 8-28 from the field.
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La Salle is one of those teams that has the ability to beat anyone on any given day but picking the day can be tricky. Not of late with the Explorers looking great in racking up three consecutive victories following a 75-56 rout of Duquesne on the road. The offense is averaging around 76 points in this short span with the defense kicking it up a notch as well. The lead was just five at the break before pulling away over the final 20 minutes with 53% marksmanship and ten bombs being too much for the 36% shooting Dukes to contend with. Tyreek Duren was the offensive star with 23 points and six assists followed by Tyrone Garland with 17 while Steve Zack turned in a 13 point, eleven rebound effort.
You never know what you'll get from Rhode Island which is what we saw against George Washington. La Salle wins and might win by double figures but I'll take the points and hope the Rams are not embarassed again...