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NCAA hoops odds preview - La Salle vs. George Washington

La Salle ExplorersGeorge Washington Colonials
11-8January 29, 2014, 07:00 | Charles E. Smith Center16-3

The George Washington Colonials will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the La Salle Explorers at Charles E. Smith Center on Wednesday in NCAA hoops play.

The Colonials currently sports a 16-3 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 10-4 ATS. The Explorers are 11-8 and 4-12 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Colonials produce a 7-6 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Explorers have gone 6-9 against the number.

View La Salle Explorers vs George Washington Colonials Odds and Stats.

George Washington opened as -6-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Colonials at No. 59 and the Explorers at No. 207 heading into this contest.

La Salle was a 97-89 loser in their most recent outing at home against Virginia Commonwealth. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. The Explorers got a huge 30-point effort from Tyrone Garland but still lost 97-89 against Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday at Tom Gola Arena.

George Washington was a 75-69 winner in their most recent outing on the road against George Mason. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Colonials grabbed a 75-69 win over the Patriots on Saturday, behind a 14-point effort from Joe McDonald at Patriot Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features George Washington's No. 78-ranked scoring average of 75.32 PPG, against a Explorers defense rated No. 110 and allowing 68.89 PPG. The Colonials FG% has averaged 47.06% to date this season, more than the Explorers shooters have managed so far (42.24% per game).

A few Explorers at Colonials trends to consider:
La Salle is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
La Salle is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
La Salle is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
La Salle is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
George Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
George Washington is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of George Washington's last 5 games
George Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
La Salle home to Duquesne, Saturday, February 1st
George Washington at Dayton, Saturday, February 1st