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La Salle vs. UMass - 3/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UMass Minutemen (12-19) at La Salle Explorers (13-18)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Capitol One Arena)

The Line: La Salle Explorers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds

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The Atlantic Ten college basketball tournament gets underway with a first round tilt between the La Salle Explorers and the UMass Minutemen.

The Massachusetts Minutemen dropped six a row before defeating Duquesne 85-75 in the final game of the regular season. Massachusetts relied on a 58.2%-49.2% edge in marksmanship including a 9-16 effort from beyond the arc.

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La Salle vs. UMass - 3/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Malik  Hines was the top gun for the Minutemen with a contest high 20 points and five pulls followed by Rayshawn Miller and Luwane Pipkins with 16 points apiece. Carl Pierre gave UMass 15 points while CJ Anderson added 12 points and 12 assists. 

The La Salle Explorers played well over the final few weeks of the regular season that was capped off by a 78-70 loss at St. Joseph’s. La Salle was outshot 48.1%-36.9% but managed eleven more looks at the basket to stay competitive.

The Explorers leaned on Pookie Powell and he responded by leading all scorers with 26 points, six boards and nine assists followed by BJ Johnson with 14 points and eight rebounds. La Salle received ten points from Saul Piri while Amar Stokes chipped in with nine points. 

Over is 11-0 in UMass last 11 overall and over is 23-9 in UMass last 32 vs. Atlantic 10 and UMass are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 Wednesday games. La Salle  are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games and La Salle are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 vs. Atlantic 10 and La Salle are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games overall. UMass  are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. 

The Minutemen have been an over machine and have gone over versus the Explorers often so points should be scored here...

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