The Saint Joseph’s Hawks (6-24, 2-15 A10) and La Salle Explorers (14-15, 5-12 A10) will face off at Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena to wrap up the regular season. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
La Salle Explorers at Saint Joseph’s Hawks Free Preview
In the Explorers’ last contest, they fell to the Massachusetts Minutemen, 75-64. La Salle’s David Beatty put together a good performance, leading the team in scoring with 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Massachusetts had an effective field goal percentage of 0.569 (above their season average of 0.490). La Salle, meanwhile, held the Minutemen to an offensive rebounding percentage of 21.4 (below the 28.8 mark opponents have averaged against La Salle this season).
The Hawks are hoping for a better outcome after their 89-73 loss to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in their last game. Cameron Brown was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting. St. Bonaventure had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.7 (above their season average of 30.9). Saint Joseph’s, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 9.9 (better than their season average of 16.4).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Explorers won 83-66. La Salle had a much better turnover percentage (14.5 vs. 20.1). Saint Joseph’s, meanwhile, did an excellent job of making free throws (18-22; 81.8 percent). Ryan Daly was the game’s top overall scorer with 26 points.
La Salle Explorers vs. Saint Joseph’s Hawks Free Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Saint Joseph’s, ATS Winner – Saint Joseph’s, O/U – Under
The Explorers average 13.0 assists per game, which ranks 141st in the country. The Hawks rank 216th in assists allowed per game (14.3).
La Salle ranks 114th in blocked shots (3.2 per game) while Saint Joseph’s ranks 174th in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
La Salle ranks 31st in steals per game (8.1) while Saint Joseph’s ranks 240th (4.7).
The Explorers average 35.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 153rd in the nation. The Hawks rank 282nd in rebounds allowed per game (38.9).
Saint Joseph’s ranks fifth in three pointers attempted per game (30.3) while La Salle ranks 105th in three pointers allowed per game (20.7).
The Hawks’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.2, down from 10.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Explorers have scored an average of 63.2 points per game (4.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.0 points per game (4.7 below their season average).