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Virginia Commonwealth Rams take on Explorers in NCAA basketball test

Virginia Commonwealth RamsLa Salle Explorers
15-4January 25, 2014, 12:00 | Tom Gola Arena11-7

College hoops betting interest focuses on the La Salle vs Virginia Commonwealth battle Saturday at Tom Gola Arena as the Explorers look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Explorers bring a 11-7 record (4-11 ATS) to this tilt against the 15-4 Rams, who are 7-10 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed La Salle go 5-9 so far and the Rams go 5-11.

View Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs La Salle Explorers Odds and Stats.

La Salle opened as 2-point underdogs 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.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 125-rated Explorers and the No. 12-ranked Rams, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Virginia Commonwealth, they were an 80-66 winner as they battled Dayton on the road. They covered in the match as a 2-point underdog. Virginia Commonwealth got 18 points from Briante Weber en route to an 80-66 victory over Dayton on Wednesday at Dayton Arena.

In their last action, La Salle was a 66-51 loser on the road against St. Bonaventure. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. The Explorers endured a 66-51 loss at the hands of the Bonnies on Wednesday, despite a 16-point effort from Tyreek Duren at Reilly Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Rams is ranked No. 141 in NCAA hoops at 35.68 per game. Contrast that with La Salle’s No. 125 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, La Salle is the No. 159-ranked team in the country at 5.78 per game, while Virginia Commonwealth rates No. 44 at 7.68 per game.

A few Rams at Explorers trends to consider:
Virginia Commonwealth is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Virginia Commonwealth is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
Virginia Commonwealth is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
La Salle is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of La Salle's last 6 games
La Salle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Virginia Commonwealth home to Fordham, Wednesday, January 29th
La Salle at George Washington, Wednesday, January 29th