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Fordham Rams vs. La Salle Explorers - 3/1/14

La Salle Explorers (13-14) at Fordham Rams (9-17)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm (Rose Hill Gym)

The Line: Fordham Rams +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Fordham Rams hope they can snap a five-game losing streak when they host the La Salle Explorers on Saturday.

The Explorers recently shook their five-game losing streak when they beat St. Bonaventure. In the victory, they shot 56.5 percent from the field and forced 14 turnovers. That’s not exactly the team we’re used to seeing, as they’re averaging just 60.8 points on 41 percent shooting in their last five games. Defensively, they’ve allowed 66.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting in as many games. They’ve only scored more than 70 points twice in their last eight games. On the road, they average 60 points and allow 67.7 points. They are 6-17-1 ATS overall and 3-10 ATS on the road.

Fordham Rams vs. La Salle Explorers - 3/1/14

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The Rams dreadful stretch continues, as all five of their losses have come by double digits. During this stretch, they’re averaging 68 points on 38.9 percent shooting and allowing 84.6 points on 51.8 percent shooting. The defense is some of the worst basketball we’ve seen all season, as they’re also getting outrebounded by an average of seven boards per game. At home, the Rams average 77 points and allow 74 points. They are 8-12-1 ATS overall and 5-4 ATS at home.

Just looking at the numbers, there’s simply no way you can back the Rams for the rest of the season and feel comfortable about it. We’re talking about a team that’s allowed at least 82 points in four of their last five games. There’s no defense whatsoever.

La Salle prides itself on defense and is fresh off its best offensive performance of the season. Sure, the Explorers are 2-8 SU on the road and even worse against the number, but I trust the better team on the road over the home team that’s already checked out.

Forget the trends in this one or the hefty number, La Salle is the only pick if you’re considering capping this game.

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