Rhode Island Gets Revenge In A Key A10 Matchup

Charles Stark

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:11 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 3:11 PM UTC

The Atlantic 10 has some of the most underrated basketball teams in the country, today we have a great matchup when Rhode Island visits LaSalle. Earlier in the season, LaSalle shocked Rhode Island on the road, so the question is can they sweep the season series?

Rhode Island Rams

In their first matchup with LaSalle, Rhode Island shot just 39% from the floor and 35% from distance losing 87-75. This is mostly due to the fact that they were outscored in the first half 43-22. They also got outrebounded and committed more fouls which are a bit surprising for this Rhode Island team. Despite the loss odds makers have come in and made Rhode Island a small road favorite in this spot which actually makes a little bit of sense. 

This is a really good team that plays extremely good defense allowing opponents to shoot just 41.3% overall and 30.4% from distance good for 13th in the country. This is a pretty good revenge spot for them considering they are coming off a tough road win at George Mason as well as winning their last two other road contests prior at UMass and Davidson. Offensively, statistically speaking, they are not quite as sharp as LaSalle but their defense I believe will more than make up for this tonight.


LaSalle Explorers

In their first matchup with Rhode Island, LaSalle shot out of their minds shooting almost 58% from the field and 50% from distance. Sometimes nights like that happen where everything you throw up goes in, but I have a hard time believing they will be able to repeat that performance tonight even at home. LaSalle was so efficient they were able to beat Rhode Island by 12 points and only got up 45 attempts compared to Rhode Island’s 66. What was probably the most surprising statistic though was the fact that they got to the free throw line 41 times compared to Rhode Island at just 19 although this was a road game for them. 

This is a pretty good LaSalle team that can score the basketball averaging 77.8 points per game, but the problem I have with them is on the defensive side which will hurt them tonight. Currently, LaSalle ranks in the very bottom part of all NCAA basketball teams in opponent shooting efficiency, opponent effective field-goal percentage, and opponent overall shooting percentage allowing 47.4% from the floor. These types of statistics will hurt them tonight with a really good Rhode Island team looking for revenge.


Rhode Island Rams vs La Salle Explorers 

It is not often you get a team that wins by double digits on the road and then later become an underdog at home versus that same team. That is a scenario tonight but I think odds makers are on top of this so for my NCAA basketball pick, I will take Rhode Island at -3.5. Expect the Rams to pick up a crucial road win.


Free NCAAB Pick: Rhode Island -3.5Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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