FREE NCAA HOOPS PICK: LA SALLE EXPLORERS VS NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS CBB ODDS
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(3-0) La Salle Explorers vs. Northwestern Wildcats (2-1)
Date: Saturday, November, 17 2017
Time: 2:30 PM ET
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Wildcats -7.5
CBB Betting Total: not yet available
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The #20 ranked Northwestern Wildcats take on the undefeated La Salle Explorers Saturday afternoon from Mohegan Sun Arena in the Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament.
Following a successful 24-12 2017 run which culminated with a second-round NCAA Tournament appearance, Northwestern looks to regain form after a recent 92-88 upset loss vs. Creighton.
Conversely, La Salle is 3-0 after finishing 15-15 last season. On Wednesday, La Salle defeated South Alabama, 81-73 as senior B.J. Johnson added 30 points and 11 rebounds to lower the odds for this weekend’s showdown.
La Salle Explorers
Behind seasoned performers Johnson (21.7 points, 12 rebounds) and junior guard Pookie Powell (15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists) the Explorers enjoy surprising early momentum.
Overall, vs. South Alabama, four La Salle players scored in double figures as the Explorers out-rebounded the undersized Jaguars 38-30 and made 17-of-18 FT attempts.
Johnson, a 6-7 guard from Lower Merion, PA made all eight of his free-throw attempts.
While a 3-0 beginning is an excellent confidence builder, La Salle’s recent opponents are a far cry from Northwestern’s upper-class heavy roster.
La Salle, as noted, has a lineup of talented performers. However, it will be interesting to see how this perennial lower-tier Atlantic-10 denizen performs against a name opponent.
After returning all top-five scorers from last season’s second round NCAA Tournament group, the Wildcats’ suspect depth became an inescapable burden vs. a balanced Creighton attack.
Opposite the solid Bluejays, Chris Collins’ reserves offered just four points on 0-of-6 FG as starters Vic Law (39) and Bryant McIntosh (40) played 79 of a possible combined 80 minutes.
While a thin bench may not pose as much burden vs. La Salle, certainly this limitation will become problematic against future opponents.
Though Saturday, junior Vic Law (17 points) and senior Bryant McIntosh (19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists) should be enough firepower to deliver win #3 on the early season.
CBB Betting Trends:
- La Salle is 2-1 ATS this season.
- Northwestern is 0-2 ATS this season.
- Northwestern is 1-1 as favorite this season.
Free La Salle Explorers vs. Northwestern Wildcats NCAAB Prediction:
Behind tournament pedigree and two-consecutive 20-win seasons, the Wildcats should withstand upstart La Salle’s spurts to claim victory. Expect the upper-level experience of Bryant McIntosh to pay dividends throughout as the senior enjoys another highlight performance.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Northwestern -12
Northwestern owns too much high-end talent for La Salle’s mid-major esque roster to viably compete against.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Northwestern 83 – La Salle 71
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