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UNC Greensboro Spartans vs. Elon Phoenix - 2/19/14

Elon Phoenix (15-11) at UNC Greensboro Spartans (12-15)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)

The Line: UNC Greensboro Spartans +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


In Wednesday’s only Southern matchup, the Elon Phoenix will take on the UNC Greensboro Spartans. These teams played a couple of weeks ago and Elon won 77-62, despite shooting 2 of 20 from beyond the arc.

The Phoenix have won five straight games and are slowly climbing up the Southern standings. During their winning streak, they’re averaging 75 points on 46.5 percent shooting and holding opponents to 66 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Their offensive numbers are right on par with what they’ve done throughout the year, but their defense has improved by leaps and bounds. On the road, they average 70.4 points and allow 73.9 points. They are 8-14 ATS overall and 5-8 ATS on the road.

UNC Greensboro Spartans vs. Elon Phoenix - 2/19/14

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The Spartans have lost six of their last eight games and are fresh off a devastating overtime loss to Western Carolina. Their offense has really taken a nosedive during their losing streak, as they’re shooting 42.4 percent and averaging 67.8 points in their last five games. This is a team that shoots 44.2 percent from the field and averages 71 points on the season. Defensively, they’re holding teams to 37.6 percent shooting in their last five games. At home, they average 74.5 points and allow 75.1 points. They are 10-11-1 ATS overall and 4-4-1 ATS at home.

With the way both teams have been playing lately, I have to take the points Elon is getting. We’re talking about a team that still dropped 72 points on the Spartans despite making one two of 20 three-point attempts. The Phoenix can score with anyone in the conference, while the Spartans have been in a serious shooting slump.

Elon has won the last nine meetings SU and is 7-2 ATS in those games as well.

Yeah, I’ll gladly take plus money in this game.  

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Elon Phoenix +4

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