La Salle vs. UMass - 3/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

La Salle vs. UMass - 3/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

UMass Minutemen (13-16) at La Salle Explorers (14-14)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Tom Gola Arena)

The Line: La Salle Explorers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 136

TV: ESPN+

The UMass Minutemen and the La Salle Explorers meet in A-10 conference college basketball action from the Tom Gola Arena on Wednesday night.

The UMass Minutemen will try to make a couple of moves down the stretch in the conference standings, sitting at 7-9 in conference play after a 95-71 loss to Richmond last time out. Tre Mitchell leads UMass in scoring and rebounding with 16.9 PPG and 6.9 RPG while T.J. Weeks has 14.7 PPG in 10 games and Carl Pierre has 12.8 PPG for the Minutemen this season. Sean East II is also averaging 8.9 PPG and 4.8 APG this season. As a team, UMass is averaging 68.5 points on 42.6% shooting from the field, 32.8% from 3-point range and 68.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.7 points on 46% shooting from the field and 33.2% from 3-point range this season. UMass is 2-9 straight up and 4-7 against the spread on the road this season.

The La Salle Explorers will try to make up some ground on UMass, sitting at 5-11 in conference play after a 73-65 win over St. Bonaventure last time out. David Beatty leads La Salle in scoring with 10.4 PPG while Isiah Deas has 10.1 PPG and Ed Croswell has 10 PPG and 7.3 RPG this season. Ayinde Hikim leads La Salle in assists with 3.5 APG this season. As a team, La Salle is averaging 67.8 points on 41.3% shooting from the field, 33.8% from 3-point range and 66.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.5 points on 42.4% shooting from the field and 29.8% from 3-point range this season. La Salle is 8-6 straight up and 9-5 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

The home team’s had the bulk of the success between the two sides and La Salle is coming off of that solid win against St. Bonaventure. However, UMass has been the better team over the course of conference play, and from watching the Minutemen play, UMass is only a couple of bad bounces away from being an above-.500 team in conference play. I know it’s senior night for La Salle and the Explorers will want to finish the season strong going into the conference tournament, but part of me feels like we’re getting a free bucket with the better team. I’ll take UMass and the points in this one.

Chris’s Pick UMass +2.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.