The final game of this year’s NCAA Tournament First Four in Dayton is a battle between two of the last at-large schools to make it into the Field of 68.
The La Salle Explorers, from the Atlantic 10, will face the Mountain West’s Boise State Broncos in the late game on Wednesday night.
The winner of this matchup advances as the No. 13 seed in the West Region to play No. 4 Kansas State. Both teams come into this matchup with impressive resumes on the court, but the Broncos clearly have the hot hand vs. the college basketball betting lines with a 9-2 ATS record in their last 11 games.
The Broncos currently sports a 21-10 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 16-11 ATS. The Explorers are 21-9 and 13-13 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Broncos produce a 14-9-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Explorers have gone 11-13-1 against the number.
College basketball odds makers at opened the Boise State Broncos as 1.5-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook as well and check out their bracket contest on Facebook!
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 70 (Broncos) and the No. 108 (Explorers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 77-76 result in favor of the Broncos has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Explorers rank No. 293 in NCAA Division 1 with 31.7 per game. That compares with Boise State’s No. 206 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Boise State is college basketball's No. 36-ranked team at 7.8 per game, while the Explorers rate No. 47 with 7.6 per game.
Defensively, La Salle features the nation's No. 108-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.9 points per game. Boise State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 30 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for La Salle, they were a 69-58 loser as they battled Butler at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point underdog. La Salle suffered a 69-58 loss against Butler on Friday, getting 19 points from Tyreek Duren in a losing effort at Barclays Center.
Boise State lost its last outing, a 73-67 result against San Diego State on March 13. They failed to cover in that game as a 4-point underdog. Anthony Drmic scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Broncos to a win (they lost 73-67 to San Diego State at Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday).
La Salle Explorers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
After playing Butler are 1-1
After a loss are 8-2
Boise State Broncos Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
After playing San Diego State are 1-3
After a loss are 7-3
A few Explorers at Broncos trends to consider:
Boise State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games