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The La Salle Explorers will host the George Washington Colonials in an A10 clash Wednesday evening from the Tom Gola Arena. The Colonials were crushed 76-56 against Richmond in their previous action, and the Explorers fell 71-64 to Saint Louis in their latest contest. George Washington recorded an 80-69 home win against La Salle in the only meeting last season.
Colonials Routed by Richmond
The George Washington Colonials opened conference play with a big road win over St. Joseph’s, and they have since lost two straight which included a rough 75-56 loss to Richmond on Saturday. The Colonials shot a weak 32% in the defeat, while Richmond converted on 53% of their field goals. Terry Nolan Jr. led the way offensively with 15 points on 3 for 7 shooting. The sophomore guard is averaging a solid 14.7 points in his last three games, and he is up to 12.6 PPG on the season.
Colonials’ top scorer DJ Williams has only reached double-digits in points in one out of his last three games which included only five points on a 1 for 10 mark from the field in Saturday’s defeat. The junior guard has been very inconsistent this season, and he is shooting a weak 39.8% paired with an average of 12.9 PPG.
The Colonials are currently pegged down at 274th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, and they own a 1-3 road record. George Washington has very little scoring punch, and they are only averaging 64 points on the season, ranking them down at 338th in the country. They are allowing an average of 71.1 points, placing them 178th overall.
La Salle Falls to 1-2 in A10 Action
The La Salle Explorers have dropped two straight conference games after opening A10 play with a win. They could not solve the Saint Louis defense in a 71-64 loss in their latest contest on Saturday. La Salle only converted on 41.8% of their field goals, while holding Saint Louis to a 46.6% efficiency. Isiah Deas resumed his effective play with 14 points on a 4 for 6 mark from beyond the arc. The junior guard has scored a combined 29 points in his last two games, and he is up to 11.7 PPG on 37% shooting on the year.
Explorers’ top scorer Pookie Powell has only scored a combined 27 points in his last two games which included 12 points in Saturday’s loss. The senior guard is 3 for 12 from three-point range over his last three games, and he is posting 17.3 PPG on 43% shooting.
— La Salle Men’s Basketball (@LaSalleMBB) January 13, 2019
La Salle is currently placed at 224th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings. They opened the season with 10 straight losses and they are 0-6 on their home court. The Explorers are only averaging 69.6 points, ranking them down at 282nd overall. They are conceding an average of 76.6 points, positioning them 281st overall.
The La Salle Explorers are:
- 7-27 ATS in their last 27 games following an ATS loss.
- 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games following a straight up loss.
- 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games against the A10.
The George Washington Colonials are:
- 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am siding with George Washington in this matchup. La Salle has only won three of their 15 games on the season, and they rank near the bottom of the country in many offensive and defensive categories. The Explorers are struggling to score with any consistency, averaging only 63.3 points in their last four games overall.
Furthermore, George Washington tallied a 70-56 win against St. Joseph’s in their lone conference road game of the season, and they are playing decent defense, allowing an average of only 68 points in their three conference games.
Prediction: George Washington
Full-Game Total Pick
The under is a solid option in this matchup. This contest features two very low-scoring squads colliding. La Salle has scored 69 or fewer points in four consecutive games, and they under is 6-0 in their last six games overall.
In addition, George Washington has only managed 66 and 56 points respectively in their last two games, and the under is 6-1 in their last seven road games against a team with a losing home record.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The under on the La Salle team total is a solid play. The Colonials’ defense has been their greatest strength, and La Salle’s offense has been their biggest issue. The Explorers own an abysmal 40.2% field goal efficiency, and they have failed to crack 70 points in five out of their last six games.
Prediction: La Salle Team Total: Under
Half-Time Side Pick
I am siding with La Salle on the halftime line. George Washington is only averaging 23.3 points in the first half on the road this season. In addition, La Salle has held their opponents to an average of only 31.3 points in the first half in their last three games.
Prediction: La Salle