Virginia Commonwealth favored by 12 against La Salle on Saturday
La Salle Explorers vs Virginia Commonwealth Rams Odds
Siegel Center will host Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. La Salle Explorers action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.
The Rams are 16-4 so far on the season, and 6-7 ATS vs. the number. The Explorers, meanwhile, are 13-5 and 6-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Virginia Commonwealth go 6-7 and the Explorers go 5-7-1 on the totals.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Virginia Commonwealth sat as 12-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 30-ranked Rams and the No. 131-rated Explorers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 86-76 win for the Rams on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Explorers is ranked No. 265 in NCAA hoops at 32.8 per game. Contrast that with Virginia Commonwealth’s No. 108 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Virginia Commonwealth is the No. 21-ranked team in the country at 8.4 per game, while La Salle rates No. 95 at 6.9 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, La Salle owns the country's No. 61-rated mark, allowing 64.1 points per game on the highway. Virginia Commonwealth, on the other hand, rates No. 57 in scoring at home.
La Salle won its last outing, a 54-53 result against Butler on January 23. They failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point favorite. Tyreek Duren scored 16 points leading the Explorers to a 54-53 victory over Butler at Tom Gola Arena on Wednesday.
Virginia Commonwealth was an 86-74 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Richmond. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Juvonte Reddic scored 20 points and chipped in with 10 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 86-74 against Richmond in college basketball action at Robins Center.
La Salle Explorers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-4
Before playing Massachusetts are 4-6
After playing Butler are 0-1
After a win are 6-4
Virginia Commonwealth Rams Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Rhode Island are 2-1
After playing Richmond are 9-1
After a loss are 7-3
A few Explorers at Rams trends to consider:
La Salle is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Virginia Commonwealth is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Virginia Commonwealth is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
La Salle home to Massachusetts, Wednesday, January 30
Virginia Commonwealth at Rhode Island, Wednesday, January 30