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LaSalle Explorers vs. Drexel Dragons
NCAAB: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM EST
La Salle had won three straight games until going up against a big boy in a ranked Villanova team and losing by 11 points. While the Explorers still have a winning record at 4-3 they have lost both of their road games on the young season. While the team does not rank in the top 230 in the nation in ppg or scoring defense they are still over .500 and look to stay that way with a win at Drexel.
Drexel has won three of their last four games and like La Salle, they are one game over .500. They only rank 254th in the nation in points allowed per game but their offense has played well as of late after the sluggish start wherein losing three of their first five games of the season they only averaged 62 ppg.
Can’t Climb BackIn La Salle’s last game, they lost to a ranked Villanova team 83-72 and while they played well in the 2nd half they could not come back after being outscored by 20 points, only scoring 28 points, in the first half. The Explorers forced 20 turnovers in the loss and shot the 3-pointer well but for the game only shot an FG% of 39.6%.
While La Salle does not have a big-time scorer, they have six players that are averaging over eight ppg. Ed Croswell is the only player for the team that is averaging in double figures at 10.3 ppg and he is also the leading rebounder. He has come up big in the last two games with two double-doubles totaling 32 points and in each game, he shot over 61% from the floor. Croswell and David Beatty (9 ppg) were the only players for the Explorers that scored in double figures in the loss to Villanova and while he went for 12 points he was only 4/14 from the floor.
It Helps to Score to WinIn the three wins in their last four games, Drexel averaged 84 ppg but in the one loss in that span, they only scored 60 points. In their last game, they beat Princeton 82-76 and while they had more turnovers and fewer offensive rebounds they shot a more than legit 60% from the floor while holding the Tigers to 40.6% shooting.
James Butler leads the Dragons in scoring and rebounding and is averaging a double-double on the season at 14.3 ppg and 11.6 rpg. He had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Princeton after a season-low two points in the previous game. Camren Wynter (11 ppg) is the 3rd leading scorer for the team and in the Princeton game he blew up scoring a career-high 31 points after not scoring in double figures since the season opener.
Wynter hits the three to give him his first 30-point game on an amazing 13-15 from the field pic.twitter.com/2AW1taV1gB— Drexel Men's Basketball (@DrexelMBB) December 5, 2019
The Dragons are hoping Wynter can stay red-hot like the last game where he was 13/16 from the floor and nailed both of his 3-pointers.
According to the betting trends from Covers.com, the Drexel Dragons are:
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight-up win
- 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games
According to the betting trends from Covers.com, the LaSalle Explorers are:
- 11-26 ATS in their last 37 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 8-19 ATS in their last 27 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Can La Salle play in this game as they did in the 2nd half in their last game in the loss to Villanova? I don’t think so. They have lost both of their road games this season and while balanced they simply do not have a guy that can take over in the scoring department. That is not the case for Drexel, as Wynter showed that in the last game and Butler has scored at least 18 points in four of his last five games. The Dragons will have another solid scoring game just like three of their last four, which they won. On their home floor, Drexel will get the win and keep La Salle winless on the road. The Dragons will also cover the spread for the 3rd time in their last four games, which have had a spread.