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Penn State Nittany Lions vs Explorers College Hoops Game Preview

Penn State Nittany LionsLa Salle Explorers
Dec 5, 9:00 PM | The Palestra

Penn State Nittany Lions vs La Salle Explorers Odds


The La Salle Explorers will be trying to slam the Penn State Nittany Lions on Wednesday when the teams tip off at The Palestra in college betting action.

This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at The Palestra.

The Explorers sport records of 4-1 and 2-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Nittany Lions have 4-3 and 2-3 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 1-1 for the Explorers and 2-2 for the Nittany Lions.

View Penn State vs La Salle Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Explorers in this one found them listed as 11-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Nittany Lions was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 201-ranked Explorers and the No. 273-rated Nittany Lions in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 70-60 win for the Explorers on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up La Salle's No. 144 nationally ranked offense (70.2 points per game) against a Nittany Lions defense that sits as the No. 126 at 63.4 PPG. The Explorers have been averaging 42.3% from the field, more than the Nittany Lions have managed so far this season (36.5% on average).

Defensively, Penn State features the nation's No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 52 points per game. La Salle, meanwhile, comes in at No. 145 nationally in scoring at home.

Penn State was a 58-47 winner in their most recent outing at home against Pennsylvania. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites. The Nittany Lions grabbed a 58-47 win over the Quakers on Saturday, behind an 18 -point effort from Jermaine Marshall at Bryce Jordan Center.

Last time out for La Salle, they were a 63-52 winner as they battled Rider on the road. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. La Salle earned a 63-52 victory over Rider on Thursday, getting 20 points from Tyreek Duren at Alumni Gymnasium.

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Army are 0-1
After playing Pennsylvania are 5-2
After a win are 2-8

La Salle Explorers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 1-9
Before playing Northeastern are 2-0
After playing Rider are 1-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Nittany Lions at Explorers trends to consider:
La Salle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Penn State home to Army, Saturday, December 8
La Salle at Northeastern, Saturday, December 8