Betting on today’s Explorers and Minutemen game? Catch the action at William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, MA, as the Minutemen hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on NBC. The odds for this Atlantic 10 conference game currently have the Minutemen as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 154.5 points.


The Pick: La Salle Explorers +9.5

This game will be played at William D. Mullins Memorial Center at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 10th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Minutemen.
  • Even though we have Massachusetts winning straight-up, we like La Salle at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 154.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Is a Road Win Possible for La Salle?

La Salle is 10-5 this season, including a 1-1 mark in Atlantic 10 play. So far, the Explorers have gone 9-4 in non-conference games.

As the underdog, La Salle has gone 3-4 this season. On the road, the Explorers have gone 2-3, and they are coming off an 81-76 win over Fordham. Over their last 10 road games, La Salle is 3-7.

La Salle’s ATS record this season is 8-7, but they have been better vs. the spread on the road, going 3-2. Over their last 3 road games, the Explorers are 3-0 vs. the spread, and they have gone 6-4 vs. the spread as the underdog over their last 10 games.

La Salle’s over/under record this season is 9-6 and the average scoring total in their games is 149.4. Today’s over/under line of 154.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (142.5). So far, 14 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total in those games is 143 points.

In their latest game, La Salle’s offense looked good, scoring 81 points against Fordham. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 43.9% and made 25/30 free throws. Daeshon Shepherd led the scoring for the Explorers, contributing 15 points. Additionally, Jhamir Brickus chipped in with 14 points.

At this time, the Explorers’ defense is positioned 173rd in the country, permitting 72.4 points per game. Against Fordham in their most recent game, the La Salle defense gave up a total of 76 points while allowing Fordham to hit 42% of their shots.

Is a Home Win Possible for the Minutemen?

After losing their last game to Dayton, Massachusetts will look to bounce back and improve their record to 11-4. So far, the Minutemen have been great at home, going 8-2, and they have won their last three games at home.

As the favorite, Massachusetts has gone 9-3 this season, and they have been the favorite in 12 of their 14 games. Their average scoring margin at home is +14.3, and they are currently favored by 9.5 points.

So far this season, UMass has an ATS record of 10-4. At home, the Minutemen are 7-3 vs. the spread and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they have gone 6-4 ATS.

So far this season, the over/under record for Massachusetts games is 8-6 and today’s line of 154.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (149.5). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 136 points and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 4-6.

Compared to their season average of 82.1 points per game, Massachusetts struggled in their previous game. Against Dayton, the Minutemen scored 60 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 36.4%. The top scorer for the Minutemen was Matt Cross with 18 points, while Josh Cohen also added 15 to the scoreboard.

Currently, the Minutemen’s defense holds the 136th rank in the nation, allowing 70.7 points per game. So far, the Massachusetts defense is giving up an average of 9.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.7 times per game (443rd).