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La Salle Explorers vs. George Washington Colonials - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

George Washington Colonials (12-3) at La Salle Explorers (8-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 12:30 pm (Tom Gola Arena)

The Line: La Salle Explorers + 2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The George Washington Colonials will travel to Tom Gola Arena to take on the La Salle Explorers this Saturday afternoon.

The George Washington Colonials won their 6th straight game and improved 12-3 (2-0 A-10) after defeating the Saint Louis Billikens 75-72 this past Tuesday. George Washington made 23 free throws and came back from an 8 point halftime deficit in the victory. Leading the way for the Colonials was Patricio Garino who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. George Washington is currently ranked 23rd in the RPI Standings and have played the 89 ranked SOS. On the season, the Colonials have been led by Patricio Garino (13.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 spg) and Kethan Savage (12.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, George Washington is averaging 70.1 ppg (ranked 128th) on 45.9% shooting (ranked 67th). The Colonials do most of their offensive damage inside as they currently only average 4.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 330th). Defensively, George Washington is holding their opponents to an average of 58.9 ppg (ranked 32nd) on 39.3% shooting (ranked 68th). The Colonials have a rebound margin of 5.4 (ranked 55th) and average 4.7 bpg (ranked 69th).

La Salle Explorers vs. George Washington Colonials - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The La Salle Explorers lost their second straight game and dropped to 8-7 (0-2 A-10) after being defeated by the UMass Minutemen 71-65 this past Wednesday. The Explorers allowed the minutemen to shoot 51.9% from the field and 46.2% from long-range in the loss. Leading the way for La Salle was Cleon Roberts who had 17 points and 5 rebounds. The Explorers are currently ranked 100th in the RPI Standings and have the 60th ranked SOS. On the season, La Salle has been led by Jordan Price (17.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.7 apg) and Jerrell Wright (11.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg). Offensively, the Explorers are averaging 65.3 ppg (ranked 239th) on 42.9% shooting (ranked 211th). La Salle is averaging 4.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 315th) on 30.8% three-point shooting (ranked 268th). Defensively, the Explorers are allowing their opponents to average of 63.5 ppg (ranked 126th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 184th). La Salle is averaging 22.27 defensive rpg (ranked 280th) and 33.4 total rpg (ranked 245th).

The Colonials are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Atlantic 10. The Explorers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.

George Washington is one of the better teams in the country as they get it done on both sides of the court. Although they did struggle a bit on the defensive end against Saint Louis, they are a much better team than La Salle. I think George Washington will win this one and cover the spread.

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George Washington Colonials -2

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