La Salle Explorers take on Musketeers in NCAA basketball test
La Salle Explorers vs Xavier Musketeers Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for La Salle when they take on the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday in college hoops betting action.
Xavier battles the Explorers, currently sitting with a 12-4 mark (6-6 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 5-9 for the Musketeers and 4-6-1 for the Explorers.
Bettors looking to go with the Musketeers in this one found them listed as 2-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Explorers was expected to move the line.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Musketeers sit at No. 95 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Explorers sit at No. 98 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Explorers will win this game 74-71.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Explorers is ranked No. 253 in NCAA hoops at 33.4 per game. Contrast that with Xavier’s No. 232 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Xavier is the No. 265-ranked team in the country at 5.2 per game, while La Salle rates No. 75 at 7.2 per game.
Defensively, La Salle features the nation's No. 54-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.3 points per game. Xavier, meanwhile, comes in at No. 240 nationally in scoring at home.
La Salle was a 72-70 winner in their most recent outing at home against Dayton. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Ramon Galloway scored 18 points leading the Explorers to a 72-70 victory over Dayton at Tom Gola Arena on Wednesday.
Last time out for Xavier, they were a 66-64 winner as they battled St. Bonaventure on the road. They covered in the match as a 3-point underdog. Xavier earned a 66-64 victory over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, getting 19 points from Semaj Christon at Reilly Center.
La Salle Explorers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Butler are 0-1
After playing Dayton are 4-6
After a win are 7-3
Xavier Musketeers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Charlotte are 7-3
After playing St. Bonaventure are 9-1
After a win are 6-4
A few Explorers at Musketeers trends to consider:
La Salle is 2-6-3 ATS in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Xavier
La Salle is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Xavier
Xavier is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against La Salle
Xavier is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games when playing La Salle
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Xavier's last 5 games
Xavier is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games at home
La Salle home to Butler, Wednesday, January 23
Xavier at Charlotte, Wednesday, January 23