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Saint Joseph's Hawks vs. La Salle Explorers - 3/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

La Salle Explorers (15-14) at Saint Joseph's Hawks (12-16)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Hagan Arena)

The Line: Saint Joseph's Hawks -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The La Salle Explorers will travel to Hagan Arena to take on the Saint Joseph's Hawks this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The La Salle Explorers dropped to 15-14 (7-9 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Rhode Island Rams, 59-56, this past Saturday. La Salle shot 42.6% from the field and 18.8% (3-16) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Explorers was Jerrell Wright who had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. La Salle is ranked 98th in the RPI Standings and has played the 61st ranked SOS. On the season, the Explorers have been led by Jordan Price (17.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.3 apg) and Jerrell Wright (12.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.4 apg). La Salle is averaging 63.4 ppg (ranked 271st) on 42.2% shooting (ranked 238th). The Explorers average 12.0 apg (ranked 226th) and shoot 69.6% from the free-throw line (ranked 146th).  La Salle is holding their opponents to an average of 62.4 ppg (ranked 75th) on 41.7% shooting (ranked 113th The Explorers average 6.6 spg (ranked 131st) and are holding teams to 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 46th).

Saint Joseph's Hawks vs. La Salle Explorers - 3/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Saint Joseph's Hawks dropped to 12-16 (6-10 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Richmond Spiders, 63-57, this past Saturday. Saint Joseph's shot 39.3% from the field and 17.6% (3-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hawks was Aaron Brown who had 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 assist. Saint Joseph's is ranked 183rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 111th ranked SOS. On the season, the Hawks have been led by DeAndre Bembry (18.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.3 apg) and Isaiah Miles (10.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg). Saint Joseph's is averaging 62.1 ppg (ranked 296th) on 40.8% shooting (ranked 291st). The Hawks average 5.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 255th) and shoot just 62.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 338th).  Saint Joseph's is holding their opponents to an average of 64.7 ppg (ranked 133rd) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 163rd). The Hawks pull down 35.32 defensive rpg (ranked 127th) and average 4.6 bpg (ranked 54th).

The Explorers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss.

La Salle has dropped three straight games including two roads games against Saint Louis (RPI: 252) and Fordham (RPI: 226). Saint Joseph's couldn't follow up their big win at UMass and dropped a close battle at home against a very good Richmond team. In their first match-up this season, La Salle was able to win a close low scoring game (53-48) as both teams struggled from the floor. Although La Salle was able to handle DeAndre Bembry and Saint Joseph's earlier this season, Saint Joseph's has generally played well at home (Wins vs. URI, Davidson, UMass) and I think they'll find a way to win another low scoring game in this one. Take Saint Joseph's to cover this small number.

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Saint Joseph's Hawks -1

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