La Salle Explorers vs UMass Minutemen Prediction, 2/19/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: La Salle Explorers vs UMass Minutemen
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022
Location: William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, MA
The UMass Minutemen (11-13) will take on the La Salle Explorers (7-16) at William D. Mullins Memorial Center on Saturday.
The La Salle Explorers faced off with Saint Louis and took a loss by a score of 90-64 in their last game. When discussing personal fouls, the Explorers left the arena with 15 and Saint Louis finished the game with 16 personal fouls. They made 10 of 16 attempts from beyond the arc. Saint Louis walked away from this one shooting 66.7% from the free throw line by knocking down 8 of their 12 attempts. Additionally, Saint Louis pulled down 37 rebounds (7 offensive, 30 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Saint Louis distributed 22 dimes and had 5 steals for the game. With regard to the defense, La Salle allowed the other team to shoot 64.3% from the field on 36 out of 56 shooting. They also doled out 10 dimes in this matchup while forcing 15 turnovers and having 8 steals. In terms of rebounding, they earned 18 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Explorers made 15 of 16 attempts for a rate of 93.8%. La Salle wrapped up the contest with a 34.4% FG percentage (21 out of 61) and buried 7 out of their 26 3-pointers.
Clifton Moore is a guy who played a role in this matchup. He ended up shooting 58.3% from the field and recorded 1 assist. He was on the hardwood for 27 minutes played and collected 5 boards. He accounted for 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting.
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La Salle enters this contest with a record of 7-16 for the season. They are turning it over 13.5 times per contest and as a group are committing 18.0 personal fouls per contest. As a team, La Salle is snagging 36.8 rebounds per game and has accounted for 317 assists so far this year, which ranks 209th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Explorers are connecting on 32.5% on three-point attempts (181 of 557) and 69.9% from the charity stripe. They average 69.0 points per game (239th in the country) while connecting on 41.3% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Explorers are forcing 11.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.1 personal fouls. They are giving up 37.5% on 3-point attempts while they are 296th in D-1 in points per game allowed (73.7). The Explorers defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 44.5% (597 of 1,341) and they surrender 35.9 boards per game as a squad. They are 259th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 341 conceded this season.
For their last game, the UMass Minutemen took a defeat with a final score of 83-71 when they played St. Bonaventure. The Minutemen pulled down 23 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards totaling 28 for the matchup. They also gave up possession 15 times, while recording 6 steals in the game. St. Bonaventure committed 10 personal fouls in this game which took the Minutemen to the charity stripe for 7 attempts. They were able to make 5 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 71.4%. In regard to shooting from distance, UMass buried 16 out of 33 tries (48.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the Minutemen went 25 out of 57 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.9%. The Minutemen allowed St. Bonaventure to convert 31 of 56 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 55.4% for this contest. They shot 50.0% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 10 out of 20 and finished the game at 11 of 13 at the free throw line (84.6%). When discussing cleaning the glass, UMass permitted St. Bonaventure to snag 25 overall (2 on the offensive glass).
T.J. Weeks ended up being a factor for the Minutemen in this contest. He had 19 points in his 36 mins on the court, but wasn't able to tally an assist. He converted 7 out of 13 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 53.8%, and had 6 rebounds.
UMass has a win-loss mark of 11-13 so far this season. As an offensive unit, the Minutemen are hitting on 43.0% from the field, which ranks 247th in D-1. UMass has 1,811 pts on the season (75.5 per contest) and they pull down 33.4 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 14.2 times per contest (110th in college basketball) and they turn it over 11.4 times per contest. The Minutemen are committing 16.6 fouls every game while shooting 74.6% from the charity stripe.
The Minutemen are ranked 341st in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 77.7. They are forcing 12.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 48.6% from the floor (355th in college hoops). The UMass defense allows 36.5% on 3-point attempts (188 of 515) and their opponents are making 72.6% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 16.9 assists and 35.4 rebounds per contest, which is 354th and 230th in D-1.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UMass
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