The La Salle Explorers (13-17, 7-10 A-10) carry a four-game slide into a home contest against the Loyola Chicago Ramblers (9-20, 3-14 A-10), who have lost four straight as well. It begins at 2:00 PM ET (on ESPN+) on Saturday, March 4, 2023.
La Salle is a small 3.5-point favorite against Loyola Chicago when the Explorers face off against the Ramblers on Saturday. The matchup has a point total of 140.5.
La Salle vs. Loyola Chicago Odds
Point Spread for La Salle vs. Loyola Chicago
The spread for this matchup is set at 3.5 points, with oddsmakers listing La Salle as the favorite.
La Salle vs. Loyola Chicago Moneyline
As for the moneyline, La Salle has -178 odds to pick up the win, while Loyola Chicago is listed at +151 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 140.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Saturday, March 4, 2023
- Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Arena: Tom Gola Arena
La Salle vs. Loyola Chicago Betting Trends
La Salle has 16 wins against the spread in 30 games this year. The Explorers have been chosen as favorites in 10 games this year and have walked away with the win seven times (70%) in those games. La Salle’s games this year have gone over the total in 15 out of 29 opportunities (51.7%).
Loyola Chicago has eight wins against the spread in 29 games this season. The Ramblers have won four of the 17 games they were listed as the moneyline underdog this season (23.5%). Loyola Chicago’s games this year have hit the over 55.2% of the time (16 out of 29 games with a set point total).
La Salle vs. Loyola Chicago Key Players to Watch
Fousseyni Drame paces the Explorers at 5.8 rebounds per game, while also averaging 0.7 assists and 9.1 points. Josh Nickelberry is putting up 11.4 points, 0.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game. Jhamir Brickus posts 8.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest, shooting 43.9% from the floor and 39.4% from beyond the arc with 1.3 made 3-pointers per contest.
Philip Alston is the Ramblers’ top scorer (14.3 points per game) and rebounder (5.5), and puts up 1 assists. Braden Norris is No. 1 on the Ramblers in assists (3.9 per game), and averages 10.9 points and 2.5 rebounds. He also averages 1.1 steals and 0 blocked shots. Ben Schwieger gets the Ramblers 9.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. He also posts 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. The Ramblers receive 7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game from Tom Welch.
What you need to know about the La Salle Explorers
La Salle has compiled a 10-7-0 ATS record in conference action so far this year. The Explorers are putting up 69.5 points per game (235th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing 73.2 points per contest (273rd-ranked). La Salle is grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game (153rd-ranked in college basketball). It is giving up 33.5 rebounds per contest (316th-ranked).
The Explorers are scoring 68.7 points per game at home. Away from home, they are playing better offensively, averaging 71.6 points per contest. La Salle is 175th in the nation with 7.5 three-pointers per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 192nd with a 34% shooting percentage from downtown. The Explorers are allowing 7.1 three-pointers per game (166th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing a 35.3% three-point percentage (275th-ranked).
The Explorers are 7-3 against the spread and 5-5 overall over their last 10 games. La Salle has gone over the total in five of its last 10 outings. La Salle has been racking up 72.6 points per contest in its last 10 times on the court, an average that’s a little higher than the 69.5 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. La Salle has been less stingy on the defensive side of the ball as of late, allowing 73.5 points per game over its last 10 outings compared to the 73.2 points per game its opponents average over the 2022-23 season.
What you need to know about the Loyola Chicago Ramblers
So far this year, 10 out of Loyola Chicago’s 17 A-10 games with an over/under have hit the over. The Ramblers are 300th in the nation in points scored (67.1 per game) and 251st in points allowed (72.5). In 2022-23, Loyola Chicago is 12th-worst in the country in rebounds (27.9 per game) and 98th in rebounds conceded (29.8).
At home, the Ramblers average 71.1 points per game. Away, they score 64.8. Loyola Chicago is 203rd in the nation in 3-pointers made (7.2 per game) and 220th in 3-point percentage (33.6%). The Ramblers give up 7 3-pointers per game and concede 33.9% from beyond the arc, ranking 152nd and 185th, respectively, in college basketball.
The Ramblers are 4-6 against the spread and 2-8 overall over their past 10 contests. Six of Loyola Chicago’s past 10 contests have hit the over. Loyola Chicago is putting up 67.1 points per game over its previous 10 games, which is the same number of points it is averaging for the season. The Ramblers are allowing 73.3 points per contest in their past 10 games, compared to their season average of 72.5 points allowed.
La Salle vs. Loyola Chicago Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this contest is La Salle, and we expect that La Salle will cover the spread (La Salle -3.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 140.5 points.
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