UMass vs. La Salle - 1/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
La Salle Explorers (7-9) at UMass Minutemen (8-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Mullins Center)
The Line: UMass Minutemen +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Over at Mullins Center on Wednesday, the La Salle Explorers and the UMass Minutemen are matching up on the college basketball court.
La Salle enters this game at 7-9 on the year so far. The Explorers have lost their last two games straight versus Rhode Island and VCU. In that VCU game, La Salle’s Pookie Powell put up 25 points.
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This season, La Salle’s leading scorer is BJ Johnson with 21.2 PPG and 8.9 RPG. Powell is the only other Explorers player in double-digits with 18.0 PPG, but Isiah Deas has 9.9 PPG and is very close to that threshold.
As for Massachusetts, they’re currently 8-8 this season. The Minutemen had two losing games going, but managed a win in their last outing versus Dayton. In that game, UMass guard Luwane Pipkins put up 25 points.
Pipkins heads up the scoring for Massachusetts this year with 18.3 PPG and 3.9 APG. Carl Pierre is the only other Minutemen player in double-digits with 10.5 PPG abut Rahsaan Holloway is close on 9.9 PPG and 4.9 RPG.
La Salle is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss. The Explorers are also 2-6 ATS in their last eight versus the Atlantic 10 and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 road games.
Meanwhile, Massachusetts is 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 versus the Atlantic 10 and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win. The Minutemen are also 7-21-1 ATS in their last 29 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games versus a team with a losing straight-up record.
La Salle has had a couple of tough losses over the past month or so, and they’re looking pretty inconsistent overall. As for Massachusetts they’re not scoring too well lately, but statistically they seem to look a little better than La Salle. I’ll take the Minutemen to cover here.