La Salle Explorers (5-5) at UMass Minutemen (2-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 4:00 pm (William D. Mullins Center)
The Line: UMass Minutemen -4 -- Over/Under: 146 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The La Salle Explorers and Massachusetts Minutemen meet Saturday in college basketball action at the William D. Mullins Memorial.
The La Salle Explorers look for a win to get a game above a .500 record. The La Salle Explorers are averaging 63.2 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 67 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Jack Clark is averaging 9.3 points and seven rebounds while David Beatty is averaging 9.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. Anwar Gill is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Jhamir Brickus is grabbing 1.7 rebounds. The La Salle Explorers are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 64.9 percent from the free throw line. The La Salle Explorers are allowing 29.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31 rebounds per game.
The Massachusetts Minutemen need a win after losing three of their last four games. The Massachusetts Minutemen are averaging 86.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 81.8 points on 49.5 percent shooting. Tre Mitchell is averaging 22.6 points and seven rebounds while Carl Pierre is averaging 15.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. Noah Fernandes is the third double-digit scorer and Javohn Garcia is dishing 2.4 assists. The Massachusetts Minutemen are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Massachusetts Minutemen are allowing 40 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game.
The Explorers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Minutemen are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 home games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Explorers last 5 overall. The under is 6-1 in Minutemen last 7 Saturday games. The over is 5-0 in Minutemen last 5 overall.
The La Salle Explorers have shown us more through a larger sample size, but there's little doubt UMass is the more talented team here. The Massachusetts Minutemen have the better athletes, can fill it up offensively and have been quite profitable for bettors dating back to last season. The defensive effort still needs to improve, but this is a game that UMass should control and win. I'll lay the small chalk.