La Salle Explorers vs. Dayton Flyers - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dayton Flyers (23-6) at La Salle Explorers (15-15)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Tom Gola Arena)
The Line: La Salle Explorers +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Dayton Flyers will travel to Tom Gola Arena to take on the La Salle Explorers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Dayton Flyers improved to 23-6 (13-4 A-10) on the season after defeating the Rhode Island Rams, 75-59, this past Tuesday. Dayton shot 57.1% from the field and 37.5% (3-8) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Flyers was Dyshawn Pierre who had 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 1 assist. Dayton is ranked 28th in the RPI Standings and has played the 134th ranked SOS. On the season, the Flyers have been led by Jordan Sibert (16.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Dyshawn Pierre (13.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.0 apg). Dayton is averaging 69.0 ppg (ranked 134th) on 46.8% shooting (ranked 45th). The Flyers average 6.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 124th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.23 (ranked 53rd). Dayton is holding their opponents to an average of 60.7 ppg (ranked 40th) on 41.8% shooting (ranked 115th). The Flyers average just 16.3 personal fouls per game and have a turnover margin of 1.7 (ranked 64th).
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The La Salle Explorers dropped to 15-15 (7-10 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Saint Joseph's Hawks, 55-50, this past Wednesday. La Salle shot 31.5% from the field and 36.0% (9-25) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Explorers was Jordan Price who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. La Salle is ranked 108th in the RPI Standings and has played the 63rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Explorers have been led by Jordan Price (17.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Jerrell Wright (12.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.4 apg). La Salle is averaging 63.0 ppg (ranked 279th) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 262nd). The Explorers average 13.0 turnovers per game (ranked 215th) and shoot 69.4% from the free-throw line (ranked 156th). La Salle is holding their opponents to an average of 62.2 ppg (ranked 69th) on 41.3% shooting (ranked 96th). The Explorers are holding their opponents to 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 45th) and average 3.7 bpg (ranked 143rd)
The Flyers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. win. The Explorers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 home games.
La Salle has dropped four straight games and has really struggled offensively as they've only averaged 54.5 ppg in that span. Dayton has won 6 of their last 7 games and is currently is tied at the top of the A-10 with Davidson, however, they'll lose the tie-breaker as Davidson defeated Dayton 77-60 earlier this season. Dayton has been a powerhouse at home this season, going 16-, however is only 5-5 on the road and had trouble scoring against La Salle in their earlier match-up this season as they were only able to put up 61 points in their victory. Dayton doesn't have much depth so the best way to beat them is to get them into foul trouble early. La Salle has played the best A-10 teams tough all season on their home-court and although they haven't been able score much lately, I think this game will be pretty close and I'm taking the home team and the points in this one. Take La Salle and the points.