Two Atlantic 10 teams will face off against each other on Wednesday as the La Salle Explorers travel to EagleBank Arena to take on the George Mason Patriots. La Salle enters this game with a 5-6 record after losing to UMass on the road by 16 points in its last game while George Mason enters this game with a 5-5 record after losing to Richmond at home by 20 points in its last game. This game will start at 7:00 P.M. EST.
Explorers Look To Get Back To .500The La Salle Explorers will be looking to get back on track after suffering a 16-point road loss to the UMass Minutemen in their last game. In that game, La Salle's defense struggled as it allowed 83 points while letting the opposition attempt 32 free throws. On the bright side, the Explorers have still won two of their last three conference games so that one lackluster performance might not be that big of a deal. Either way, it will be important for the Explorers to avoid any negative momentum carrying over from that game. Now, La Salle has a losing record once again as it will be looking to get back to .500 with a conference road game up next on Wednesday.
Leading the Explorers offensively is sophomore guard Jack Clark who is averaging 9.6 points per game along with a team-high 5.5 rebounds per game. However, he is also averaging a team-high 2.3 turnovers per game as he will need to make better decisions with the basketball moving forward.
Following the last game, UMass coach Matt McCall praised La Salle for its unique defense which gave his team some initial problems.
"It'll be interesting to see if teams switch pick and rolls like La Salle does. That's what they do. We haven't seen a lot of other teams in our league do that."
George Mason Looks To Snap Its Losing StreakThe George Mason Patriots have lost each of their last three games including a 20-point home loss to the Richmond Spiders in their last game. In that game, George Mason's offense was awful as it only scored 57 points while shooting just 26.7% from the three-point line. However, the terrible offensive showing was not too surprising considering the fact that the Patriots have scored less than 66 points in each of their last three games. Now, George Mason will be looking to snap its losing streak with another conference home game up next. If the Patriots plan on getting the job done on Wednesday, then they will need to start playing a lot better offensively.
Leading the Patriots offensively is junior guard Jordan Miller who is averaging a team-high 15.1 points per game along with 5.4 rebounds per game. In addition, he is shooting 42.3% from the three-point line as he has been very efficient from behind the arc up to this point.
FINAL: Richmond 77, Mason 57.@Aj12Wilson records 16 pts. (8-12 FG), 6 reb. and 3 rejections. @Jordan_miller11 adds 8 pts., 4 reb. and 3 ast. in the loss.— Mason Men's Basketball (@MasonMBB) January 9, 2021
The Patriots will host La Salle on Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside EBA. pic.twitter.com/yPUl9LvIj1
Leading the Patriots offensively is freshman guard Tyler Kolek who is averaging 11.3 points per game along with 2.8 rebounds per game. In addition, he is averaging 1.2 steals per game as he has been very active on both sides of the ball up to this point.
These trends are from Covers.com:
- Explorers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Favorite is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.