George Washington Colonials (9-8 SU, 5-9 ATS, 6-7-1 O/U) vs. La Salle Explorers (9-5 SU, 4-6 ATS, 7-3 O/U)
NCAAB: Sunday, January 15, 2017, Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 4:30 pm ET
Spread: La Salle -6.5, Over/Under: 150
It’s an Atlantic 10 Conference matchup in the City of Brotherly Love. The George Washington Colonials are in Philadelphia to face the La Salle Explorers in a matchup of teams looking for their 10th win of the season Sunday afternoon. George Washington lost its second straight and fourth in the last five with an 85-55 pounding at VCU Wednesday night. La Salle won its third straight and fifth in the last six with an 87-75 road upset of Rhode Island Thursday. The home team won the last five meetings in this series, with George Washington taking a 90-50 romp in the last meeting on February 21, 2016.
George Washington Colonials Try to End Rough Patch
George Washington has struggled of late with four losses in their last five games. The Colonials fell to 1-3 in Atlantic 10 play after getting waffled by VCU in a one-sided affair. George Washington trailed by 14 at the half and things just got worse in the second half. The Colonials allowed the Rams to shoot 51.6 percent from the field in the game. George Washington, on the flip side, hit only 36.7 percent overall and went a dismal 2 of 16 from three point range in the contest. The Colonials also missed nine of 26 free throws and turned the ball over 17 times. Yuta Watanabe led George Washington with 17 points and seven rebounds in the loss.
The Colonials are a subpar offensive unit as they come in 285th in the nation by scoring 68.5 points per game. George Washington is 68th in rebounding with 38.9 boards a night and stand tied for 247th with 12.8 assists per game. The Colonials have been solid defensively, ranking tied for 126th in scoring defense by allowing 69.8 points a night. George Washington shoots only 40.6 percent from the field on the year. The Colonials connect on 7.7 threes a night while shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc. Tyler Cavanaugh leads the Colonials with 16.2 points plus 7.5 rebounds per game. Yuta Watanabe adds 13.3 points plus 4.9 boards a night while Seton Hall transfer Jaren Sina chips in 10 points plus 2.8 assists a game. Collin Smith, Jordan Roland, Arnaldo Toro and Matt Hart each score better than 4.5 points a night.
La Salle Explorers Shoot for Sixth Win in Seven Games
La Salle has been playing solid basketball of late with three straight conference wins and five of their last six overall. The Explorers improved to 3-1 in conference play after beating Rhode Island on the road in a game they were a double digit underdog in. La Salle put this one away early as they ran to a 43-22 edge at halftime and didn’t led Rhode Island seriously challenge the rest of the way. The Explorers knocked down 57.8 percent from the floor and sank half of their 10 three point attempts. La Salle was physical and it paid off: Rhode Island committed 28 fouls, leading to 41 free throw attempts. The Explorers converted 30 of them. Amar Stukes had 22 points to lead La Salle in the victory.
The Explorers are one of the best offensive teams in the nation, ranking 32nd in scoring offense with 81.2 points per game. La Salle is 284th in rebounding with 34.1 boards a contest and 72nd in assists by dishing out 15.8 per game. The Explorers are soft defensively as they stand 316th in the nation by allowing 79.1 points a night. La Salle shoots a solid 47 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Explorers connect on nine triples a night while shooting 38.1 percent from downtown. B.J. Johnson leads the team with 18.9 points plus 6.4 rebounds per game. Jordan Price contributes 16.6 points per game while Pookie Powell chips in 13.9 points, 4.5 boards plus 3.7 assists a night. Cleon Roberts, Amar Stukes, Demetrius Henry and Tony Washington all add at least 4.5 points a night for La Salle.
- Colonials are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic 10
- Colonials are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games
- Explorers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
This is a matchup of teams going in opposite directions. George Washington has struggled mightily this season and is coming off a 30 point road shellacking by VCU. La Salle has all kinds of momentum after winning five of six, including their surprising road win over Rhode Island. The Explorers have been good at home this season and they have the weapons to do damage. George Washington has been better defensively than La Salle but their offense can’t keep up. La Salle picks up the victory for a fourth straight win.