The La Salle Explorers (10-11, 1-8 A10) will attempt to put an end to their seven-game losing streak when they go head-to-head against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (4-18, 0-9 A10) at Tom Gola Arena. The game can be seen on NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Saint Joseph’s Hawks at La Salle Explorers ATS Prediction
The last time the Hawks played, they were beaten by the Saint Louis Billikens, 78-73. Saint Louis’ turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over Saint Joseph’s. The Billikens had a rate of 8.7 (better than their season average of 15.4), while the Hawks posted a mark of 20.9 (above their season average of 16.4). Ryan Daly was the game’s leading scorer with 35 points on 12-for-23 shooting.
The Explorers lost a tough one against the Duquesne Dukes in their last game, 71-69. Duquesne’s effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over La Salle. The Dukes had a rate of 0.582 (above their season average of 0.509), while the Explorers posted a mark of 0.467. La Salle’s Ed Croswell put up 10 points and 12 rebounds in the game.
After splitting two games last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Hawks won the last contest 72-62. The Hawks’ turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Explorers. Saint Joseph’s had a rate of 12.0, while La Salle posted a mark of 24.8.
Saint Joseph’s Hawks at La Salle Explorers Free Pick
Free College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – La Salle, O/U – Over
La Salle ranks 41st in steals per game (8.0) while Saint Joseph’s ranks 229th (4.7).
The Explorers rank 107th in rebounds per game (36.7) while the Hawks rank 277th in rebounds allowed per game (39.1).
Saint Joseph’s averages 30.8 three pointers per game, which ranks third in the NCAA. La Salle ranks 83rd in three pointers allowed per game (20.4).
The Explorers rank 124th in assists per game (13.4) while the Hawks rank 195th in assists allowed per game (14.2).
La Salle averages 3.6 blocks per game, which is ranked 88th in the nation. Saint Joseph’s ranks 149th in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
The Hawks’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 8.6, down from 11.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Explorers have scored an average of 66.0 points per game (2.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.0 points per game (2.9 above their season average).