La Salle Explorers vs Fordham Rams Prediction, 3/9/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: La Salle Explorers vs Fordham Rams
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
TV: USA Net
Odds/Point Spread: La Salle (+4)
The Fordham Rams (24-7) are hosting the La Salle Explorers (14-18) at Barclays Center on Thursday. La Salle is 4-point dogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 144.
The La Salle Explorers took the court against Rhode Island and earned the victory with a final of 73-56 in their last contest. When talking about personal fouls, the Explorers finished with 19 while Rhode Island accumulated 18 personal fouls. They converted 5 out of their 22 tries from beyond the arc. Rhode Island finished the contest at 60.7% from the free throw line by making 17 of their 28 shots. Additionally, Rhode Island pulled down 31 rebounds (10 offensive, 21 defensive), but didn't have a block. Rhode Island distributed 8 dimes and had 7 steals in this matchup. Regarding the defense, La Salle allowed the other team to go 29.3% from the field on 17 of 58 shooting. They also recorded 8 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and having 4 steals. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they earned 48 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. At the free throw line, the Explorers converted 7 of their 11 shots for a rate of 63.6%. La Salle ended having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (31 out of 62) and knocked down 4 out of their 16 shots from distance.
Jhamir Brickus is one player who was important in this contest. He went 70.0% from the field but had no assists at the end of the game. He played 34 mins played and also collected 2 boards. He ended up walking away with 18 points on 7 out of 10 shooting.
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La Salle enters this game with a win-loss mark of 14-18 for the campaign. They are turning it over 12.6 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 17.7 fouls per game. As a unit, La Salle is pulling down 35.6 rebounds per game and has accounted for 381 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 256th in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Explorers are hitting 34.3% on shots from 3-point land (238 of 694) and 69.0% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 69.8 points per contest (226th in the country) while hitting 42.3% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Explorers are forcing their opponents into 12.4 turnovers per game while drawing 16.8 fouls. They rank 257th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 432 conceded for the campaign. The Explorers are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.3% (848 of 1,872) and they relinquish 36.2 boards per game as a squad. They are giving up 34.9% on shots from distance while they are 263rd in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (72.8).
When they last played, the Fordham Rams went home victorious with a score of 87-60 against Duquesne. The Rams pulled down 34 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 40 in the matchup. They also coughed it up 12 times, while recording 4 steals for this game. Duquesne earned 20 fouls in this game which took the Rams to the free throw line for 21 attempts. They were able to bury 18 of those for a percentage of 85.7%. In the matter of three-point shots, Fordham made 9 out of their 21 attempts (42.9%). Overall, the Rams went 30 out of 61 from the floor which gave them a rate of 49.2%. The Rams permitted Duquesne to make 21 out of 64 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 32.8% in the matchup. They shot 13.6% from three-point range by shooting 3 of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 15 out of 23 at the charity stripe (65.2%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Fordham permitted Duquesne to snag 33 in all (13 on the offensive glass).
Khalid Moore pitched in for the Rams for the contest. He had 24 points in his 33 mins on the hardwood and tallied 6 dimes for the matchup. He knocked down 6 out of 10 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 60.0%, and had 9 rebounds.
Fordham has a win-loss record of 24-7 for the season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Rams are shooting 41.7% from the floor, which ranks them 315th in the nation. Fordham has accumulated 2,239 points on the year (72.2 per contest) and they pull in 37.2 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 12.7 times per contest (212th in the country) and they are turning it over 13.7 times per game. The Rams are committing 19.8 fouls every game while shooting 75.1% from the charity stripe.
The Fordham defense concedes 32.4% on shots from 3-point land (169 of 522) and their opponents are converting on 73.2% of their free throw shots. They allow 11.1 assists and 34.3 boards per game, which is 62nd and 197th in D-1. The Rams defensively are ranked 102nd in the country in points given up per game with 67.5. They are forcing their opponents into 13.8 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.7% from the field (64th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Fordham (-4)
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