How many of you had Wichita State and La Salle meeting up in the Sweet 16? Well here we are, and we've decided on which college basketball pick looks best for Thursday.
As it relates to the NCAA Basketball odds, the Explorers are
the ones favored here. They're giving away 3.5 points to the Explorers.
Both teams have been decent ATS, with Wichita State at
17-14-2 against the spread and La Salle at 15-12-2.
Let's look at both of these teams and decide where the best value lies for our NCAA Basketball picks.
Let SBR be your 2013 NCAA Tournament betting headquarters.
Wichita State Shockers
If you didn't know much about the Shockers before the
tournament, you probably know a little bit more now.
They've been killing it at as a #9 seed, easily getting past
Pittsburgh 73-55 in the first round and then sending out one seed Gonzaga in
the Round of 32. The Bulldogs are the first one seed to be sent home in this
year's Big Dance.
The Shockers entered as 6.5-point underdogs but gave Gonzaga
fits from the opening tipoff. Five consecutive three-pointers at one juncture
in the second half were enough to tip the balance.
Ron Baker hit some huge shots and ended up with 16 points,
six rebounds and four assists, and
Cleanthony Early and Fred Van Vleet's 29 combined points off the bench were
huge factors as well.
Early, Carl Hall and Malcolm Armstead are the leaders on
this team. Early averaged 13.9 PPG and 5.2 RPG, while Hall was good for 12.6
PPG and 6.9 RPG while shooting 53.9 percent from the floor. Armstead has been
the playmaker throughout the season, and will look to bounce back after a quiet
performance against the Bulldogs.
La Salle Explorers
The Explorers have been fighting for their lives all
tournament long, beginning with a play-in game victory over Boise State.
Not many gave La Salle a legitimate chance of advancing past
the first round, but they immediately made a statement by upsetting #4-seed
Two days later, the Explorers beat anoter upset-minded team
in Ole Miss, who had dumped Wisconsin out of the tournament in their own
surprise win. La Salle was up for the challenge though and emerged victorious
in what was a close game throughout.
The winning bucket came on a Tyrone Garland layup with just
three seconds left. Garland logged 17 points (6-of-16 FG) to go with four
rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Ramon Galloway (24/4/3) and Tyreek Duren (19/4/2) were
having a lot of success on the offensive end as well and will be called upon to
inflict similar damage against Wichita State.
College Basketball Pick
The Shockers have been mighty impressive thus far, but
something is definitely on La Salle's side right now. They're squeaking out
wins in a number of different ways and have shown tremendous mental fortitude
in doing so.
Galloway (17.4 PPG) is a great player and has been
outstanding on the big stage, scoring at least 19 points in each of his team's
three tournament matchups so far. Throw in Duren (14.5 PPG), Garland, and
Jerrell Wright (10.7 PPG and 6.8 RPG) and you've got four guys who can take
over on any given night.
Having covered in three straight and with a 6-2 ATS mark
over their last eight, we believe La Salle will get the job done again, and therefore we are happy to back them with our sports picks.
NCAA Basketball Pick:
Salle Explorers +3.5
Before placing your picks, take a look at our NCAA Tournament Betting: Sweet 16 Seeding Trends.