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Rhode Island Rams vs. La Salle Explorers - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

La Salle Explorers (10-8) at Rhode Island Rams (11-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Thomas M. Ryan Center)

The Line: Rhode Island Rams -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Comcast Sportsnet - PA

The La Salle Explorers will travel to the Thomas M. Ryan Center to take on the Rhode Island Rams this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The La Salle Explorers improved to 10-8 (2-3 A-10) on the season after defeating the Fordham Rams 60-49 this past Saturday. La Salle held Fordham to 31.7% shooting from the field and 11.5% (3-26) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Explorers was Jordan Price who had 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. La Salle is ranked 101st in the RPI Standings and has played the 63rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Explorers have been led by Jordan Price (16.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.6 apg) and Jerrell Wright (11.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.4 apg). Offensively, La Salle is averaging 64.0 ppg (ranked 265th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 220th). The Explorers average 12.1 ppg (ranked 215th) and average just 4.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 311th). Defensively, La Salle is holding their opponents to an average of 61.8 ppg (ranked 71st) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 159th). The Explorers average 22.33 defensive rpg (ranked 275th) and 33.0 total rpg (ranked 253rd).

Rhode Island Rams vs. La Salle Explorers - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rhode Island Rams lost their second straight game and dropped to 11-5 (3-2 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the UMass Minutemen 60-56 this past Saturday. Rhode Island was outrebounded by UMass by a 36-31 margin and committed 15 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Rams was Hassan Martin who had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Rhode Island is ranked 76th in the RPI Standings and has played the 127th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rams have been led by E.C. Matthews (17.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Hassan Martin (11.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, Rhode Island is averaging 68.5 ppg (ranked 152nd) on 46.7% shooting (ranked 46th). The Rams have a turnover margin of 1.3 (ranked 97th) and average just 4.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 322nd). Defensively, Rhode Island is holding their opponents to an average of 58.1 ppg (ranked 21st) on 39.7% shooting (ranked 67th). The Rams are holding teams to 27.5% shooting from the beyond the arc (ranked 11th) and average 5.3 bpg (ranked 22nd).

The Explorers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rams are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss however, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

Rhode Island has dropped their last two however, is one of the toughest teams to face on their home court as their only home lost came against the VCU Rams. La Salle has started to play better and although they don’t excel in particular aspect, they are a well-balance team as they showed in their recent victory against George Washington. This will be a low scoring affair and although I think Rhode Island will win, I’m going to want to have the points at end of this one. Take La Salle and the points.

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