La Salle Explorers vs UMass Minutemen Prediction, 1/11/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: La Salle Explorers vs UMass Minutemen
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Location: William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, MA
TV: Youtube TV
The La Salle Explorers (7-8) are traveling to William D. Mullins Memorial Center on Wednesday where they will try to defeat the UMass Minutemen (10-5).
The La Salle Explorers played Rhode Island and earned the victory with a final of 77-75 in their last contest. When talking about fouls, the Explorers ended up with 18 and Rhode Island finished the game with 17 fouls. They also buried 4 out of their 16 attempts from long range. Rhode Island finished 73.1% at the free throw line by converting 19 of their 26 attempts. Additionally, Rhode Island collected 44 rebounds (15 offensive, 29 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Rhode Island recorded 10 dimes and had 5 steals in this matchup. In terms of defending, La Salle allowed their opponent to shoot 39.4% from the floor on 26 of 66 shooting. They also recorded 14 assists in the matchup while forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and getting 7 steals. Regarding grabbing boards, they collected 40 with 18 of them being on the offensive end. At the charity stripe, the Explorers made 16 of their 22 attempts for a percentage of 72.7%. La Salle wrapped up the game with a 37.3% FG percentage (28 out of 75) and made 5 of 17 three-point attempts.
Khalil Brantley is a guy who was important in the matchup. He ended up shooting 45.0% from the floor and earned 4 dimes. He played for 43 mins played and also totaled 8 rebounds. He was able to score 29 points on 9 of 20 shooting.
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La Salle comes into this game with a record of 7-8 on the year. They are averaging 68.7 points per contest (260th in the nation) while connecting on 41.0% from the floor. The Explorers are shooting 32.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (104 of 319) and 69.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, La Salle is grabbing 35.1 rebounds per contest and has tallied 180 dimes so far this season, which is 322nd in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 12.8 times per contest and as a squad they commit 17.7 fouls per game.
When they are on defense, the Explorers are forcing their opponents into 13.4 turnovers per game and they draw 16.7 fouls. They are surrendering 35.2% on shots from distance and they are 289th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (73.3). The Explorers defense is giving up a FG percentage of 44.9% (393 of 875) and they concede 37.5 boards per game as a group. They are 178th in college basketball in giving up assists with 201 surrendered this season.
When they last played, the UMass Minutemen took a defeat with a final score of 81-73 when they faced George Washington. When it comes to how they rebounded, UMass permitted George Washington to snag 35 in all (9 offensive). They shot 30.4% from 3-point land by going 7 out of 23 and finished the contest at 20 out of 25 at the free throw line (80.0%). The Minutemen allowed George Washington to bury 27 of 57 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.4% for the game. Overall, the Minutemen went 29 out of 66 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.9%. When it comes to shots from 3-point land, UMass converted 9 of their 22 tries (40.9%). They were able to make 6 of the free throws for a rate of 66.7%. George Washington committed 13 fouls for the game which got the Minutemen to the charity stripe for a total of 9 tries. They also turned the ball over 16 times, while recording 9 steals in this game. The Minutemen were able to collect 22 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 31 for the matchup.
Noah Fernandes pitched in for the Minutemen for the contest. He had 13 points in his 34 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 6 dimes for the matchup. He converted 4 of 12 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 33.3%, and had 2 rebounds.
UMass has a mark of 10-5 on the year. The Minutemen are committing 17.5 fouls per contest while shooting 68.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 14.6 times per game (105th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 14.2 times per game. UMass has totaled 1,067 pts for the year (71.1 per game) and they average 38.3 boards per contest. As an offensive team, the Minutemen are shooting 42.3% from the field, which has them ranked 295th in the country.
The UMass defense surrenders 31.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (109 of 352) and opponents are knocking down 67.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 14.3 assists and 35.5 boards every game, which has them ranked 295th and 251st in the country. The Minutemen are ranked 187th in D-1 in points allowed per contest with 68.9. They are forcing 14.5 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 42.5% from the field (162nd in college basketball).
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take La Salle
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