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La Salle Explorers take on Hawks in NCAA basketball test

La Salle ExplorersSaint Joseph's Hawks
14-15March 09, 2014, 04:00 | Hagan Arena21-8

The Saint Joseph's Hawks will try to cover the spread at Hagan Arena on Sunday when they get a visit from the La Salle Explorers in NCAA basketball action.

This season, the Hawks are 21-8 overall and 14-10-1 ATS, while the Explorers are 14-15 and 6-20 ATS. As for the totals, Saint Joseph's boasts a 11-14 on the OU, and La Salle is 9-16.

View La Salle Explorers vs Saint Joseph's Hawks Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Saint Joseph's sat as -8.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 137-rated Hawks and the No. 210-ranked Explorers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.


La Salle was a 59-57 loser in its last match at home against George Mason. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites. La Salle got 16 points from Tyrone Garland but lost anyway, 59-57, to George Mason on Thursday at Tom Gola Arena.

Saint Joseph's was a 76-71 loser in their most recent outing on the road against George Washington. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs. DeAndre Bembry scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Hawks to a win (they lost 76-71 to George Washington at Charles E. Smith Center on Wednesday).

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Saint Joseph's's No. 122-ranked scoring average of 71.97 PPG, against a Explorers defense rated No. 95 and allowing 68.1 PPG. The Hawks FG% has averaged 47.29% to date this season, more than the Explorers shooters have managed so far (40.99% per game).

A few Explorers at Hawks trends to consider:
La Salle is 2-12 ATS in its last 14 games
La Salle is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of La Salle's last 5 games
La Salle is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Saint Joseph's is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Saint Joseph's is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Saint Joseph's's last 6 games
Saint Joseph's is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home