Massachusetts Minutemen vs. La Salle Explorers - 3/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
La Salle Explorers (8-20) at Massachusetts Minutemen (12-17)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Mullins Center)
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The La Salle Explorers will travel to play the Massachusetts Minutemen in an A-10 game on Saturday.
The Massachusetts Minutemen are 12-17 (5-12) and are coming off of a loss to Rhode Island by a score of 68-50. Massachusetts has lost 3 games in a row and is currently tied for 10th in the A-10 standings. Massachusetts defeated La Salle by a score of 74-67 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Massachusetts is averaging 74 points per game while giving up 76.8 points per game. Massachusetts is also averaging 35.6 rebounds per game and 14.1 assists per game. Trey Davis is averaging 18.3 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game for Massachusetts. Donte Clark is averaging 16.6 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Minutemen. Massachusetts is shooting 69.1% on free throws, 33% on three-pointers, and 42.9% on all field goal attempts.
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The La Salle Explorers are 8-20 (4-13) and are coming off of a win against Saint Louis by a score of 76-68. La Salle has won their last 2 games and is currently tied for last in the A-10 standings. La Salle is averaging 63.7 points per game while giving up 73.5 points per game. La Salle is also averaging 29.9 rebounds per game and 12.6 assists per game. Jordan Price is averaging 18.7 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game for La Salle. Cleon Roberts is averaging 12.8 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Explorers. La Salle is shooting 67.6% on free throws, 34.3% on three-pointers, and 40.7% on all field goal attempts.
La Salle is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win. La Salle is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 4-1 in La Salle’s last 5 Saturday games. Massachusetts is 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 home games. Massachusetts is 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 games for Massachusetts.
Both of these teams have struggled during conference play, but Massachusetts will have the home court advantage. La Salle is inconsistent on offense and is getting out scored by about 10 points per game. Massachusetts won the first meeting between these teams and I expect them to win this game.