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Rhode Island Rams visit La Salle Explorers in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Rhode Island RamsLa Salle Explorers
9-8January 15, 2014, 07:00 | Tom Gola Arena9-6

La Salle looks to cover the Explorers-Rams pointspread on Wednesday and improve its overall 9-6 mark when they host Rhode Island in college basketball wagering action.

The Rams will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 7-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Explorers are 4-8 ATS. Rhode Island is 4-8 on the totals; La Salle is 4-7.

View Rhode Island Rams vs La Salle Explorers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Explorers as -9.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 150-ranked Explorers and the No. 171-rated Rams in this matchup.

Last time out for Rhode Island, they were a 69-56 loser as they battled George Washington on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 10.5-point underdog. The Rams endured a 69-56 loss at the hands of the Colonials on Saturday, despite a 16-point effort from Hassan Martin at Charles E. Smith Center.

In their last action, La Salle was a 75-56 winner on the road against Duquesne. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites. La Salle earned a 75-56 victory over Duquesne on Sunday, getting 23 points from Tyreek Duren at A.J. Palumbo Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits La Salle's No. 172-ranked offense, averaging 70.73 PPG, against a Rams defense that ranks No. 72 at 66.88 PPG. The Explorers field goal percentage has averaged 41.76% so far, less than the Rams marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.9% per game.

A few Rams at Explorers trends to consider:
Rhode Island is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Rhode Island is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Rhode Island is 5-19 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Rhode Island is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games when playing La Salle
La Salle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
La Salle is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
La Salle is 7-14-1 ATS in its last 22 games when playing Rhode Island
La Salle is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games when playing Rhode Island

Next up:
Rhode Island home to George Mason, Saturday, January 18th
La Salle at Temple, Saturday, January 18th