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La Salle Explorers face Massachusetts Minutemen: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

La Salle ExplorersMassachusetts Minutemen
12-9February 05, 2014, 07:00 | Mullins Center17-4

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Massachusetts vs La Salle battle Wednesday at Mullins Center as the Minutemen look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Minutemen bring a 17-4 record (11-9-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 12-9 Explorers, who are 4-14 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Massachusetts go 7-14 so far and the Explorers go 6-11.

View La Salle Explorers vs Massachusetts Minutemen Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Minutemen as -9-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Minutemen rated this week at No. 79 and the Explorers sitting at No. 141.

In their last action, La Salle was a 71-63 winner at home against Duquesne. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as favorites. La Salle got 16 points from Steve Zack en route to a 71-63 victory over Duquesne on Saturday at Tom Gola Arena.

Last time out for Massachusetts, they were a 73-68 loser as they battled Saint Joseph's on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point underdog. The Minutemen got 21 points from Derrick Gordon, but it was Saint Joseph's that prevailed in a 73-68 final on Saturday at Hagan Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Massachusetts's No. 37-ranked offense, averaging 77.38 PPG, against a Explorers defense that ranks No. 107 at 68.62 PPG. The Minutemen field goal percentage has averaged 47.07% so far, more than the Explorers marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.33% per game.

A few Explorers at Minutemen trends to consider:
La Salle is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
La Salle is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of La Salle's last 5 games
La Salle is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Massachusetts is 2-8-1 ATS in its last 11 games
Massachusetts is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games
Massachusetts is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Massachusetts is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
La Salle home to Saint Louis, Saturday, February 8th
Massachusetts at Rhode Island, Sunday, February 9th