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Rhode Island vs. La Salle - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

La Salle Explorers (8-5) at Rhode Island Rams (10-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Thomas M. Ryan Center)

The Line: Rhode Island Rams -11.5 -- Over/Under: 151 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBSC

The Rhode Island Rams and the La Salle Explorers face off on Thursday in Atlantic 10 college basketball action.

The Rhode Island Rams are 10-5 this season and they are coming off of a loss to Dayton that ended a 4-game winning streak. Rhode Island is averaging 74.9 points per game and they are shooting 46.6 percent from the floor and 37.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 64.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. E.C. Mathews leads the Rams averaging 15.1 points per game. Hassan Martin is averaging 14.6 points an 7.5 rebounds for URI, Jared Terrell is averaging 14.1 points, and Kuran Iverson is averaging 9.2 points an 6.3 rebounds. Rhode Island is 8-0 at home and 2-1 in the A-10 this season.

Rhode Island vs. La Salle - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The La Salle Explorers are 8-5 this season and they have won 4 of their last 5 games. La Salle is averaging 81.5 points per game and they are shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and 37.7 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 79.5 points and their opponents are shooting 47.3 percent. B.J. Johnson leads the Explorers averaging 19.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Jordan Price is averaging 17.2 points for La Salle, Pookie Powell is averaging 13.8 points, and Cleon Roberts is averaging 8.6 points. La Salle is 2-2 on the road and 2-2 in A-10 games this season.

Rhode Island is 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 home games, 5-12-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 4-10 against the spread following a loss. La Salle is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 games, 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 road games, and 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 road games with a winning home record. The road team is 12-3-1 against the spread in the last 16 meetings of these 2 teams.

This is way too many points but it makes the pick easy as the La Salle is the play. 

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