Two double-digit seeds will meet in West Region betting action at the NCAA Tournament on Sunday as No. 13 La Salle takes on No. 12 Mississippi after both teams won in upsets on Friday afternoon.
La Salle bounced No. 4 Kansas State in their Round of 64 matchup on Friday, getting a 63-61 victory in that contest as a 6.5-point underdog on the betting lines. Mississippi got past No. 5 Wisconsin 57-46 on Friday; they were 6.5-point underdogs as well.
Supporters of the Explorers have watched them go 23-9 and 15-13 ATS on the year, while the Rebels are at 27-8 and 17-12-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Rebels are 15-14, while the Explorers have a 12-14-1 mark.
Bettors looking to go with the Rebels in this one found them listed as 3-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 Rebels sit at No. 39 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Explorers sit at No. 108 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Rebels will win this game 81-77.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Mississippi's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 77.3 PPG, against a Explorers defense that ranks No. 157 at 66 PPG. The Rebels field goal percentage has averaged 43.7% so far, less than the Explorers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.3% per game.
Defensively, La Salle features the nation's No. 107-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.8 points per game. Mississippi, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for La Salle, they were a 63-61 winner as they battled Kansas State on the road. They covered in the match as a 6-point underdog. La Salle got 21 points from Jerrell Wright en route to a 63-61 victory over Kansas State on Friday at Sprint Center.
In their last action, Mississippi was a 57-46 winner on the road against Wisconsin. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. Mississippi got 19 points from Marshall Henderson en route to a 57-46 victory over Wisconsin on Friday at Sprint Center.
A few Explorers at Rebels trends to consider:
Mississippi is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Mississippi's last 5 games