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Explorers open as college hoops underdog vs Minutemen

La Salle ExplorersMassachusetts Minutemen
Feb 18, 6:00 PM | Mullins Center

La Salle Explorers vs Massachusetts Minutemen Odds

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Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Massachusetts Minutemen try to run the Explorers off the court at Mullins Center in college hoops action.

This season, the Minutemen are 18-7 overall and 12-9-1 ATS ATS, while the Explorers are 17-9 and 12-7-1 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Massachusetts boasts a 12-9-1 on the OU, and La Salle is 10-10.

View La Salle vs Massachusetts Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Minutemen as 2.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 72-rated La Salle taking on the No. 52-rated Minutemen in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 80-78 win for the Explorers on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Massachusetts has the nation's No. 28-rated offensive output, at 76.5 PPG. The visiting Explorers defense ranks No. 127 allowing on average 65.2 PPG. The Minutemen FG% has averaged 43.5% so far, less than the Explorers marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.8% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, La Salle owns the country's No. 140-rated mark, allowing 68.8 points per game on the highway. Massachusetts, on the other hand, rates No. 45 in scoring at home.

In their last action, La Salle was a 59-51 loser at home against Saint Louis. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. La Salle suffered a 59-51 loss against Saint Louis on Saturday, getting 18 points from Jerrell Wright in a losing effort at Tom Gola Arena.

Massachusetts lost its last outing, a 73-62 result against Saint Joseph's on February 11. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. Massachusetts suffered a 73-62 loss against Saint Joseph's on Saturday, getting 18 points from Jesse Morgan in a losing effort at Hagan Arena.

La Salle Explorers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Temple are 6-4
After playing Saint Louis are 1-5
After a loss are 6-4

Massachusetts Minutemen Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Xavier are 3-7
After playing Saint Joseph's are 2-8
After a loss are 7-3

A few Explorers at Minutemen trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of La Salle's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of La Salle's last 6 games when playing on the road against Massachusetts
La Salle is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
La Salle is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Massachusetts is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Massachusetts is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Massachusetts's last 6 games when playing La Salle
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Massachusetts's last 6 games when playing at home against La Salle

Next up:
La Salle home to Temple, Wednesday, February 22
Massachusetts home to Xavier, Tuesday, February 21

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