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La Salle vs. VCU - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

VCU Rams (9-6) at La Salle Explorers (7-8)
Date & Time Saturday January 6, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: La Salle Explorers -4.5 -- Over/Under:
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NCAA BB | VCU Rams (9-6) at La Salle Explorers (7-8)

Over at Tom Gola Arena on Saturday, the VCU Rams and the La Salle Explorers will be meeting up in college basketball activity. 

VCU comes into this game with a 9-6 record so far. The Rams had a four-game win streak going but fell in OT to Saint Joseph’s in their last outing. In that one, VCU’s Justin Tillman put up 22 points. 

Tillman is the top scorer for the Rams this year on 18.5 PPG and 8.9 RPG, while De’Riante Jenkins has 13.2 PPG. Isaac Vaan is the only other VCU player in double-digits with 10.3 PPG (seven games) but Jonathan Williams is close on 9.9 PPG. 

Over on the La Salle side, they’re currently 7-8 this season. The Explorers have lost two of their last three games, most recently falling to Rhode Island. In that game, La Salle guard Isiah Deas logged 17 points to lead the way. 

Tops in points average for the Explorers this year is BJ Johnson, with 21.8 PPG and 9.1 RPG. Pookie Powell is the only other La Salle player in double-figures this season (17.6 PPG) but Deas is close on 9.5 PPG. 

The Rams are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games. The over is 4-1 in VCU’s last five road games versus a team with a winning home record and 10-4 in their last 14 following a straight-up loss. 

Meanwhile, the Explorers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss. La Salle is also 2-5 ATS in their last seven versus the Atlantic 10 and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games versus a team with a winning straight-up record. 

VCU had a nice roll going, and very easily could be sitting on a five-game win streak. The Rams have several reliable scorers who can help the team against bigger schools. As for La Salle, they can put up the points as well, but they just haven’t been consistent at all this year. I’m not comfortable taking La Salle here so I’m going with VCU.

VCU Rams +4.5

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