La Salle Explorers at Drexel Dragons
|Date & Time||Saturday December 7, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)|
Daskalakis Athletic Center
La Salle Explorers @ Drexel Dragons (+2.5)
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The La Salle Explores travel to the Daskalakis Athletic Center to take on the Drexel Dragons. In what should be an evenly matched non-conference battle, La Salle comes in off a tough road loss to a talented Villanova team. The Explorers lost the game 83-72 to drop to 4-3 on the season. Drexel comes off a close game, but where they led the entire second half. Drexel defeated Princeton 82-75 to improve to 5-4 on the season.
The Drexel Dragons are average on offense, scoring 72.9 points per game. The Dragons are led by junior forward James Butler who averages a double-double with 14.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. In their last outing, sophomore guard Camren Wynter scored 31 points against Princeton to boost his season average to 11 points per game, Wynter also led the team in assists against Princeton with five.
La Salle has struggled on both sides of the ball scoring only 70.6 points per game this season. Sophomore forward Ed Croswell leads the team in rebounds and points with 10.3 points and a shade under 8 rebounds per game. The Explorers have a very balanced attack with 9 players averaging over 5 points per game; and seven averaging more than eight points per game.
Both teams struggle on defense, the Drexel Dragons allows 72 points per game to rank 254th in the nation. La Salle is slightly better allowing 71.7 points per game to rank 250th in the NCAA.
The evenly matched defense battle will lead to whoever can score the ball more efficiently, this advantage goes to Drexel who shoots 46.6% from the field against La Salle who shoots 42.8%.
Drexel and their ability to score the ball more efficiently than La Salle will prove vital as the Drexel Dragons win as an underdog. Final score prediction, Drexel Dragons 74 La Salle Explorers 70.