La Salle vs. Villanova - 12/3/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (6-0) at La Salle Explorers (4-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Tom Gola Arena)
The Line: La Salle Explorers +10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Villanova Wildcats and La Salle Explorers play Wednesday night at the Tom Gola Arena.
The Villanova Wildcats have yet to lose and will play their first true road game. On the season, Villanova is averaging 74.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting and is allowing 55 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Dylan Ennis leads Villanova with 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds while Kris Jenkins is averaging 10 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Ryan Arcidiacono leads the Wildcats with four assists and Daniel Ochefu is grabbing 7.8 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats haven’t been as explosive offensively as they were a season ago, hitting just 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and having just two players averaging double-digit points. However, Villanova is averaging a solid 36.2 rebounds per game and is playing elite level defense, which includes forcing 16.5 turnovers per game.
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The La Salle Explorers look to snap a two-game losing streak and pick up a marquee win. On the season, La Salle is averaging 60 points on 38.1 percent shooting and is allowing 58.7 points on 38.2 percent shooting. Jordan Price leads La Salle with 17.7 points on 36.9 percent shooting and Jerrell Wright is averaging 11 points and 7.5 rebounds. Steve Zack is grabbing 8.2 rebounds per game and Amar Stukes is shooting 45.5 percent from the field. The La Salle Explorers struggle mightily on the offensive end, which includes shooting just 25.3 percent from beyond the arc. La Salle is able to remain competitive with a defense that’s forcing 13 turnovers per game and holding teams to just 27.8 percent shooting from deep.
The Wildcats are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 42-19 ATS in their last 61 games overall. The Explorers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 9-23-1 ATS in their last 33 games overall. The home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I haven't been that impressed with Villanova early on, especially with its offense that has been cucking up bricks from deep. This is La Salle's biggest game of the season and the Explorers should be ready in front of their home crowd. I'll take my chances here with the points.