La Salle Explorers vs VCU Rams Prediction, 1/30/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: La Salle Explorers vs VCU Rams
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, VA
Odds/Point Spread: La Salle (+13.5)
The VCU Rams (11-4) host the La Salle Explorers (7-9) at Stuart C. Siegel Center on Saturday. La Salle opens this matchup as 13.5-point dogs. The total is set at 138.
La Salle will enter this matchup with a record of 7-9 so far this year. The Explorers are hitting 36.3% from downtown (128 of 353) and 67.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 67.1 points per contest (277th in the nation) while going 44.0% from the field. They are turning it over 14.7 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.4 fouls per contest. As a team, La Salle is pulling in 32.7 boards per game and is sitting with 209 assists for the year, which is 100th in college basketball in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Explorers are forcing 14.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 13.4 personal fouls. The Explorers defense is allowing a FG percentage of 44.4% (402 of 905) and they relinquish 35.7 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 313th in college hoops in giving up assists with 229 relinquished for the season. They relinquish 30.7% on 3-point shots while they are 199th in D-1 in points per game allowed (70.8).
The La Salle Explorers stepped onto the hardwood against the Rhode Island Rams and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 73-60 in their last contest. La Salle finished with a 38.3% FG percentage (23 out of 60) and knocked down 6 of their 21 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Explorers made 8 of their 10 shots for a rate of 80.0%. When discussing rebounding, they earned a total of 23 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 10 assists for the game in addition to earning 9 steals and 2 blocked shots. When discussing defense, La Salle allowed the other team to go 38.3% from the floor on 23 of 60 shooting. Rhode Island distributed 12 assists and had 5 steals in the game. Moreover, the Rams collected 27 rebounds (2 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Rhode Island finished shooting 76.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 19 of 25 tries. They also buried 8 out of their 14 attempts from three-point range.
Christian Ray is one player who came through in this matchup. He had 15 points on 6 out of 10 shooting. He played 31 minutes played and also collected 6 rebounds. Ray finished the game at 60.0% from the floor and earned 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Explorers was Jhamir Brickus. He collected 2 boards and also accumulated 2 assists. He finished the contest at 33.3% from the floor for the contest by connecting on 3-of-9 (7 points). When all was said and done, Brickus played 31 min.
VCU has a win-loss record of 11-4 for the year. The Rams are responsible for committing 19.8 fouls per contest and they hit 74.7% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 14.1 times per contest (129th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 15.7 times per game. VCU has accounted for 1,115 pts so far this year (74.3 per contest) and they pull in 34.8 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Rams are connecting on 45.9% from the floor, which is ranked 101st in the nation. The Rams are ranked 63rd in the nation in points given up per game with 65.3. The VCU defense allows 30.3% on 3-point attempts (86 of 284) and their opposition knocks down 69.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 11.1 assists and 35.0 boards per contest, ranking them 62nd and 167th in those categories on the defensive end. They are forcing their opponents into 18.5 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 39.8% from the field (40th in college hoops).
In their last game, the VCU Rams took home the win by a final score of 66-43 when they played the Dayton Flyers. The Rams earned 29 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards totaling 41 in this contest. They also stuffed 9 shots while recording 7 steals in this contest. The Flyers committed 12 fouls for the game which got the Rams to the charity stripe for a total of 11 shots. They were able to bury 9 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 81.8%. Concerning shooting from distance, VCU converted 7 out of 23 attempts (30.4%). When this game wrapped up, the Rams shot 25 for 60 from the field which gave them a percentage of 41.7%. The Rams allowed the Flyers to convert 17 out of 55 attempts from the field which had them at 30.9% in this game. They shot 15.0% from downtown by connecting on 3 out of 20 and finished the game at 6 of 12 at the free throw line (50.0%). When it comes to attacking the glass, VCU allowed Dayton to pull down 30 overall (9 on the offensive glass).
Nah'Shon Hyland ended up being a major contributor for the Rams in this matchup. He made 9 of 17 in this game giving him a rate of 52.9%, which had him finishing with 28 points. Hyland snagged 5 rebounds in his 29 minutes played and totaled 3 assists for the game. Someone else who came through for VCU was Vince Williams . He totaled 7 points in his 24 minutes on the hardwood via 3 out of 7 shooting for this game. ended up shooting 42.9% from the floor and also contributing 2 assists and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take VCU (-13.5)
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