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La Salle Explorers vs. Rhode Island Rams - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rhode Island Rams (19-7) at La Salle Explorers (15-13)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm (Tom Gola Arena)

The Line: La Salle Explorers -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The Rhode Island Rams will travel to the Tom Gola Arena to take on the La Salle Explorers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Rhode Island Rams dropped to 19-7 (11-4 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Davidson Wildcats, 60-59, this past Wednesday. Rhode Island shot 34.4% from the field and 5.3% (1-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Rams was Hassan Martin who had 17 points, 16 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Rhode Island is ranked 71st in the RPI Standings and has played the 179th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rams have been led by E.C. Matthews (16.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 apg) and Hassan Martin (11.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.2 bpg). Rhode Island is averaging 67.7 ppg (ranked 164th) on 45.2% shooting (ranked 92nd). The Rams average 13.0 apg (ranked 140th) however, shoot only 29.4% from beyond the arc (ranked 328th).  Rhode Island is holding their opponents to an average of 58.6 ppg (ranked 17th) on 39.9% shooting (ranked 61st). The Rams average 5.8 spg (ranked 9th) and are holding teams to just 28.1% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 6th).

La Salle Explorers vs. Rhode Island Rams - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The La Salle Explorers dropped to 15-13 (7-8 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Fordham Rams, 63-48, this past Wednesday. La Salle shot 29.5% from the field and 33.3% (7-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Explorers was Jordan Price who had 16 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. La Salle is ranked 98th in the RPI Standings and has played the 73rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Explorers have been led by Jordan Price (17.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Jerrell Wright (11.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 apg). La Salle is averaging 63.7 ppg (ranked 265th) on 42.2% shooting (ranked 241st). The Explorers average 4.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 306th) and commit 13.1 turnovers per game (ranked 220th). La Salle is holding their opponents to an average of 62.6 ppg (ranked 83rd) on 41.7% shooting (ranked 115th). The Explorers pull down 33.46 total rpg (ranked 218th) and hold teams to 31.6% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 63rd).

The Rams are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Explorers are 8-17-3 ATS in their last 28 home games and 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

Rhode Island couldn't take advantage of the VCU loss and dropped a heart-breaker at home against Davidson to make it a three-way tie at the top of the A-10 standings. La-Salle couldn't get anything going on the offensive end in this one and now have dropped three of their last 4. Both of these teams can really struggle offensively and rely on their defensives to give them a chance for the win. Rhode Island has to be disappointed with their recent loss as they held the hot-shooting Davidson Wildcats to just 3-19 from beyond the arc, and still couldn't pull out the victory as they shot a dreadful 1-19 from three-point range. Although I think the Rhode Island is the better team here, La-Salle is very tough at home and I just don't see Rhode Island finding their offensive at La-Salle. I'm taking the Explorers at home to cover this small spread.

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