NCAA Basketball Picks: Back Home Favorite Fordham -9 To Stump Over LaSalle

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 7:09 PM GMT

 Today, we switch gears to a favorite selection  with an A10 contest. We have the highly improved Fordham Rams hosting La Salle Explorers. Who will be our NCAA basketball pick?

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Fordham -9
Best Line Offered: at Bet365

 

LaSalle vs. Fordham (-11)
Among yesterday’s selections was one of our fully qualified SUPER Ds, Kansas St., who came in under the number as commanded in their game vs. Texas. Today, we switch gears to a favorite selection (SUPER D favorites were 153-84 ATS (65%) beginning the week) with an A10 contest.

 

La Salle Explorers
Today’s game finds the LaSalle Explorers travelling to the Bronx, where they will face the Fordham Rams in venerable Rose Hill Gym. The recent history of Fordham has been a long way from that of the glory years some 50 seasons ago, when teams considered it to be a double victory, if they not only won the game against the Rams, but escaped the Bronx with their lives! The recent downturn in Fordham fortunes has begun to reverse itself this season. At the same time as that is taking place, an equally glorified LaSalle program is finding themselves in a down season for HC Giannini. As a measure of how quickly things can change on the college basketball landscape, consider that when Fordham beat LaSalle on this floor (63-48) last season, they were a +5 home dog. That is a 16 point line swing in less than 1 season. Yet, that vast swing in the line is still not enough to compensate for the difference in these teams.

I spent 2 agonizing hours Sunday afternoon watching my Top Rated PICK on UMass outlast these downtrodden LaSalle Explorers! It was the worst LaSalle team I have witnessed in many seasons. It was just 3 years ago that Giannini had consecutive 20-win seasons. But, the Explorers won only a combined 32 games in the previous 2 years and show just 4 victories for this season. Tonight, they enter on a 0-6 SU, 0-6 ATS slide and appear to be less competitive as the season wears on. Their once proud record on the road under Giannini, which was 55-34 ATS at one time has now slipped to 9-17 ATS of late. This is a clear PLAY AGAINST team.

 

Fordham Rams
In the Bronx, the fortunes have clearly swung the opposite way. Under 1st year HC Neubauer (a Beilein disciple), who toiled his previous 10 years in anonymity at E. Kentucky (70 wins the last 3 seasons), many questioned why Neubauer would take the job in the Bronx to rebuild a Fordham program that won just 44 combined games in the last 5 seasons. Neubauer clearly knew what he was doing, as Fordham with a 9-4 SU record has become a Hidden Gem in college hoops. Using a 10-man rotation and led by frosh PG Chartouny, the Rams have turned the corner with the mantra that has proven successful for all programs. They play defense, rebound and take care of the basketball. As a result, Fordham has made our list of SUPER Ds by allowing just 62 PPG, 27% triples with a +5.8 rebound margin, a +3.2 assist/TO margin and by forcing a whopping 19 TOs per game. In what is a shocking line to some, I still believe there is value at this price with the Rams for one of Wednesday's night matchups.

In a battle of 2 teams headed opposite directions, I invite you to put the NCAA basketball odds in your favor and join me in my NCAA basketball picks on Fordham.