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Massachusetts Minutemen vs. La Salle Explorers - 2/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

La Salle Explorers (13-9) at Massachusetts Minutemen (13-9)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Mullins Center)

The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The La Salle Explorers will travel to the William D. Mullins Memorial Center to take on the UMass Minutemen this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The La Salle Explorers improved to 13-9 (5-4 A-10) on the season after defeating the Richmond Spiders, 64-62, this past Thursday. La Salle shot 47.5% from the field and 14.3% (1-7) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Explorers was Steve Zack who had 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 1 block. La Salle is ranked 82nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 54th ranked SOS. On the season, the Explorers have been led by Jordan Price (16.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Jerrell Wright (12.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.4 apg). La Salle is averaging 62.8 ppg (ranked 279th) on 42.3% shooting (ranked 243rd). The Explorers average just 4.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 318th) and shoot 70.3% from the free-throw line (ranked 124th). La Salle is holding their opponents to an average of 60.8 ppg (ranked 55th) on 41.7% shooting (ranked 130th). The Explorers are holding teams to 30.9% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 53rd) and pull down an average of 33.23 rpg (ranked 238th).

Massachusetts Minutemen vs. La Salle Explorers - 2/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UMass Minutemen improved to 13-9 (6-3 A-10) on the season after defeating the Fordham Rams, 78-72, this past Wednesday. UMass shot 42.1% from the field and 31.8% (7-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Minutemen was Trey Davis who had 26 points, 2 assists, and 1 steal. UMass is ranked 50th in the RPI Standings and has played the 30th ranked SOS. On the season, the Minutemen have been led by Maxie Esho (12.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.9 apg) and Cady Lalanne (12.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg). UMass is averaging 70.3 ppg (ranked 105th) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 156th). The Minutemen average just 4.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 326th) and 13.6 apg (ranked 112th). UMass is holding their opponents to an average of 70.0 ppg (ranked 269th) on 43.3% shooting (ranked 206th). The Minutemen average 4.7 bpg (ranked 53rd) and pull down 36.45 total rpg (ranked 83rd).

The Explorers are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 Sunday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Minutemen are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games.

With the injury to Briante Weber at VCU, every teams knows that this conference is wide open. Both teams are riding three-game winning streaks and will look to better position themselves the A-10 tournament. La Salle is a solid all-around team that will try to beat you with their defense as UMass will try to run on you a bit and use their length and athleticism to win the game. UMass has been playing well at home as of late and although La Salle is playing well they can struggle on the road. I think UMass is going to win by about 10 point this one. Take UMass to cover this one. 

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