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Pennsylvania Quakers host La Salle Explorers in college basketball action

La Salle ExplorersPennsylvania Quakers
6-6January 04, 2014, 04:00 | Palestra2-9

The Pennsylvania Quakers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the La Salle Explorers at Palestra on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Quakers sport a record of 2-9 and 4-5 ATS heading into this battle, while the Explorers have 6-6 and 1-8 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-4 for the Quakers and 3-5 for the Explorers.

View La Salle Explorers vs Pennsylvania Quakers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Pennsylvania in this one found them as 4-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Quakers rated this week at No. 309 and the Explorers sitting at No. 230.

In their last action, La Salle was a 71-58 loser on the road against Miami. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. The Explorers got 18 points from Tyreek Duren, but it was Miami that prevailed in a 71-58 final on Sunday at BankUnited Center.

Last time out for Pennsylvania, they were an 80-77 loser as they battled George Mason on the road. They covered in the match as an 8-point underdog. The Quakers endured an 80-77 loss at the hands of the Patriots on Thursday, despite a 23-point effort from Tony Hicks at Patriot Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pennsylvania has the nation's No. 172-rated offensive output, at 71.73 PPG. The visiting Explorers defense ranks No. 132 allowing on average 69.25 PPG. The Quakers FG% has averaged 43.91% so far, more than the Explorers marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.31% per game.

A few Explorers at Quakers trends to consider:
La Salle is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
La Salle is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
La Salle is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Pennsylvania
La Salle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Pennsylvania is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Pennsylvania is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing La Salle
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pennsylvania's last 6 games when playing La Salle

Next up:
La Salle home to George Washington, Thursday, January 9th
Pennsylvania at Princeton, Saturday, January 11th