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La Salle Explorers vs. Massachusetts Minutemen - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Massachusetts Minutemen (7-7) at La Salle Explorers (8-6)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Tom Gola Arena)

The Line: La Salle Explorers -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Massachusetts Minutemen will travel to Tom Gola Arena to take on the La Salle Explorers this Wednesday night.

The UMass Minutemen dropped to 7-7 (0-1 A-10) on the season after losing to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies this past Saturday. The Minutemen shot 35.2% from the field and just 18.2% (4-22) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for UMass was Cady Lalanne who had 12 points and 8 rebounds. The Minutemen is currently ranked 68th in the RPI Standings and have played the 7th ranked SOS. On the season, UMass have been led by Maxie Esho (13.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Cady Lalanne (13.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg). Offensively, the Minutemen are averaging 73.3 ppg (ranked 66th) on 44.7% shooting (ranked 122nd). UMass is averaging just 4.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 332nd) on 28.2% shooting (ranked 321st).  Defensively, the Minutemen are allowing their opponents to score an average of 73.8 ppg (ranked 316th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 252nd). UMass is averaging 10.71 offensive rpg (ranked 192nd), 25.14 defensive rpg (ranked 118th), and 35.86 total rpg (ranked 140th).

La Salle Explorers vs. Massachusetts Minutemen - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The LaSalle Explorers had their three game winning streak snapped and dropped to 8-6 (0-1 A-10) on the season after losing to the George Mason Patriots 70-62 this past Saturday. The Explorers allowed the Patriots to shoot 57.5% from the field and 66.7% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for LaSalle was Jerrell Wright who had 16 points and 6 rebounds. The Explorers are ranked 81st in the RPI Standings and have played the 55th ranked SOS. On the season, LaSalle have been led by Jordan Price (17.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.8 apg) and Jerrell Wright (12.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.0 spg). The Explorers are averaging 65.3 ppg (ranked 239th) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 198th). LaSalle averages 13.1 turnovers per game which ranks 170th in the country. Defensively, the Explorers are holding their opponents to an average of 62.9 ppg (ranked 113th) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 165th). LaSalle is averaging 22.36 defensive rpg (ranked 279th) and 33.14 total rpg (ranked 251st).

The Minutemen are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Explorers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall however, just 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games vs. the Atlantic-10.

The UMass Minutemen have had a disappointing start to the season and have really struggled against top competition this year as they are just 1-5 against teams ranked in the top-100 of the RPI Standings. LaSalle is an interesting team to figure out but have played well of late and I think their defensive will cause UMass enough trouble to cover this spread. Take LaSalle to cover the spread.  

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LaSalle Explorers -3.5

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