Check out our free Rhode Island vs La Salle pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Philadelphia. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Rhode Island vs La Salle Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Rams vs Explorers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Rhode Island Rams at La Salle Explorers
  • Where: Philadelphia at Tom Gola Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: Rhode Island +1, RI -110 | LASAL -111 O/U 138.5

Rams Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs La Salle, the Rhode Island Rams will be taking the floor for the 15th time this season and have an overall record of 5-9. On the road, the Rams will be playing their 3rd game of the season, having gone 0-3. So far, the Rams have been the underdog 7 times, going 1-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.

Rhode Island will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Ishmael Leggett who is averaging 15.79 points per game for the Rams. Leggett is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Rams’ offensive game plan is the play of Brayon Freeman who has hit 35.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.54 points per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Rhode Island this season, as they are currently ranked 325th in college basketball at 67.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Rams’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 277th in the NCAA.

Explorers Preview:

Through 14 games, the La Salle Explorers have an overall record of 6-8. Currently, the Explorers have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 4-3. The Explorers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, La Salle has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 5-2.

La Salle will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Josh Nickelberry who is averaging 12.07 points per game for the Explorers. Nickelberry is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Explorers’ offensive game plan is the play of Khalil Brantley who has hit 42.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.92 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for La Salle this season, as they are currently ranked 314th in college basketball at 67.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Explorers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.0%, placing them 365th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: La Salle Explorers -1

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the La Salle Explorers to pick up the win and cover the spread as -1 point betting favorites. Although La Salle as a team is just 371st in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Rams’ defense. At -1 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Explorers to come out on top and cover.

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