Saint Joseph's vs. La Salle - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Saint Joseph's vs. La Salle - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

La Salle Explorers (14-15) at Saint Joseph's Hawks (6-24)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena)

The Line: Saint Joseph's Hawks -2 -- Over/Under: 143

TV: NBCS-Philadelphia, ESPN+

The La Salle Explorers and the Saint Joseph’s Hawks meet in A-10 conference college basketball action from the Hagan Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The La Salle Explorers will try to finish the season on a high note, sitting at 5-12 in conference play after a 75-64 loss to UMass last time out. David Beatty leads La Salle in scoring with 10.7 PPG while Ed Croswell is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 10 PPG and 7.3 RPG this season. Isiah Deas has 9.9 PPG and Ayinde Hikim has a team-high 3.4 APG this season. As a team, La Salle is averaging 67.7 points on 41.1% shooting from the field, 33.7% from 3-point range and 66.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.7 points on 42.6% shooting from the field and 30.1% from 3-point range this season. La Salle is 3-8 straight up and 6-5 against the spread on the road this season.

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks will try to finish the regular season strong, sitting in the basement at 2-15 in conference play after an 89-73 loss to St. Bonaventure last time out. Ryan Daly leads Saint Joseph’s with an average of 20.2 PPG, 7 RPG and 4.3 APG this season while Cameron Brown has 10.1 PPG for the Hawks this year. As a team, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 68.7 points on 38.7% from the field, 29.7% from 3-point range and 70.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 79.6 points on 46.5% shooting from the field and 37.7% from 3-point range this season. Saint Joseph’s is 4-9 straight up and 6-7 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

I’ve gone back and forth on this game, as neither team here is going to have an extended stay in the A-10 tournament starting next week. However, even on the road, I think you can make the case that La Salle is the better team here, and while Saint Joseph’s had shown some promise at times during conference play, the Hawks are still allowing 78.1 points per game to the rest of the A-10 and are being outscored by 6.2 points per game across their last 5 games while the Explorers are only being outscored by 1.8 points per game in their last 5 games. I’ll take the free points with La Salle here.

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Chris’s Pick La Salle +2

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