La Salle vs. Davidson, 03/12/2020 18:00 EDT, Score: 0 - 0

Point Spread: -8½/-110 Davidson

Sportsbook: TopBet

Result: Push

10* Davidson (6:00 ET): Davidson underachieved greatly during the regular season. They were actually one of two teams picked to finish ahead of Dayton in the preseason A-10 poll. But the regular season ended with an impressive 75-65 victory over VCU, who was the preseason favorite to win the conference. The Wildcats also had little difficulty with LaSalle in the lone regular season meeting, winning that one 74-49 as an 11-point favorite. I had the Under in that game and it's the only Under to hit in Davidson’s L8 games.

I don’t think the Wildcats will have much problem defeating LaSalle this time around either. The Explorers have won 2 of 3 since losing to Davidson and 4 of 6 overall, but most wins came against bottom teams in the conference. In fact, three of them were against teams that had to play in yday’s opening round here in Atlantic City. The Explorers were held to 38.0% shooting in that first matchup vs. Davidson and missed 14 of 16 three-point attempts. Sadly (for them) that’s pretty “par for the course” as they shot 40% in conference play this season.

When Davidson wins, it’s often by a large margin. Of their last nine victories, eight have come by double digits. Four of those have been by 25 or more points! While a far more dominant team at home, I do not expect this team to “go quietly” this weekend. They’ve beaten LaSalle seven of the last nine meetings straight up and the Explorers (off a 78-77 win over St. Joe’s) is just 1-5 ATS off its last six SU wins. 10* Davidson

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