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Explorers open as college hoops underdog vs Wildcats

La Salle ExplorersVillanova Wildcats
Nov 15, 7:00 PM | Villanova Pavilion

La Salle Explorers vs Villanova Wildcats Odds


La Salle travels to Villanova on Tuesday, hoping to boost its 1-0 record with a victory over the Wildcats.

The Explorers will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 0-0 ATS against the number this season, while the Wildcats are 0-0 ATS. La Salle is 0-0 on the totals; Villanova is 0-0.

View La Salle vs Villanova Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Wildcats are listed as 15.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Wildcats, most recently No. 19 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Explorers, who rate No. 145 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 113-103 victory for the Wildcats.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Villanova's No. 5 nationally ranked offense (106 points per game) against a Explorers defense that sits as the No. 56 at 53 PPG. The Wildcats have been averaging 54.5% from the field, more than the Explorers have managed so far this season (49.2% on average).

Defensively, La Salle features the nation's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 points per game. Villanova, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 nationally in scoring at home.

La Salle was a 79-53 winner in its last match at home against Lafayette. The Explorers blew out Lafayette on Friday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 79-53 win at Tom Gola Arena.

Villanova won its last outing, a 106-70 result against Monmouth on November 11. Villanova cruised to victory on Friday, running Monmouth out of the gym and running up a 106-70 score at Villanova Pavilion.

La Salle Explorers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing James Madison are 1-2
After playing Lafayette are 2-2
After a win are 3-7

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Delaware are 3-1
After playing Monmouth are 4-0
After a win are 6-4

A few Explorers at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of La Salle's last 7 games on the road
La Salle is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
La Salle is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Villanova
Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing La Salle
Villanova is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against La Salle
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Villanova's last 5 games when playing La Salle
Villanova is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games at home

Next up:
La Salle home to James Madison, Saturday, November 19
Villanova home to Delaware, Friday, November 18