Looking to win big? The Explorers and Dukes face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Dukes are hosting the game at UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse in Pittsburgh, PA. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 142 points, and Duquesne is favored by -8 to win at home against La Salle.


The Pick: La Salle Explorers +8

This game will be played at UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, February 28th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Dukes.
  • Even though we have Duquesne winning straight-up, we like La Salle at +8.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can La Salle Deliver Being Underdogs on the Road?

La Salle has been much better at home this season, going 11-6 compared to 3-8 on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +5.1, but it drops to -7.5 on the road. They have lost their last three road games and are 3-7 in their last 10.

For the season, the Explorers are 14-14, including a 5-10 mark in Atlantic 10 play. They have won three straight games, and their record as an underdog is 6-12.

La Salle has an ATS record of 13-15 this season, including a road ATS mark of 5-6. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Explorers have gone 4-6 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS record is 5-5 in their last 10 games.

La Salle’s over/under record for the season sits at 13-15 and today’s line of 142 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (144.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 146 points compared to their season average of 148.1 points per game.

La Salle’s offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Rhode Island, finishing the game with a total of 84 points. Their season average is now 74.1 points per game. Khalil Brantley is leading the team in scoring at 15.4 points per contest. Jhamir Brickus has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 14 going into the game.

Currently, the Explorers’ defense holds the 226th rank in the nation, allowing 74.0 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, La Salle’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 43.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 34.6% this season.

Can The Dukes Secure a Home Victory?

At home this season, Duquesne has been solid, going 12-4, and they are currently on a two-game winning streak. Overall, the Dukes are 16-11, and they have gone 10-3 in non-conference play.

Coming off a 79-67 loss to Fordham, Duquesne’s record as the favorite is 13-6. In Atlantic 10 action, the Dukes are 6-8.

When looking at Duquesne’s ATS record this season, they are currently 11-15. At home, their ATS mark is 7-9. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Dukes have gone 5-5 vs. the spread. In their last three home games, they are 2-1 ATS.

Today’s over/under line of 142 is lower than the average over/under line in Duquesne’s games this year of 144.2. So far, 16 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 138 points compared to their season average of 139.3 points per game.

The Dukes’ offense finished with 67 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 71.6 points per contest. On the offensive front, the Dukes have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, ranking 300th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 274th in terms of percentage and 160th in three-pointers made.

So far, the Dukes’ defense is ranked 71st in the country at 67.9 points per contest. In today’s game vs. La Salle, the Duquesne defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Duquesne made 17 free-throws vs. the Dukes.