Towson Tigers vs. Elon Phoenix - 1/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Elon Phoenix (9-5) at Towson Tigers (7-7)
College Basketball: Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (SECU Arena)
The Line: Towson Tigers -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Elon Phoenix and the Towson Tigers will face off at the SECU arena this Monday night.
The Elon Phoenix improved to 9-5 (1-0 CAA) on the season after defeating the Drexel Dragons 77-67 this past Saturday. The Phoenix shot 47.1% from the field and 55.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Elon was Elijah Bryant who had 32 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists from off the bench. Elon is currently ranked 165th in the RPI Standings and has played the 325th ranked SOS. On the season, Elon have been led by Elijah Bryant (13.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg), Luke Eddy (13.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg), and Tanner Samson (12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.4 spg). Offensively, the Phoenix is averaging 74.8 ppg (ranked 45th) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 168th). Elon makes an average of 7.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 76th) on 37.5% shooting (ranked 64th). Elon averages 15.4 turnovers per game (ranked 309th). Defensively, the Phoenix is allowing their opponents to average 68.1 ppg (ranked 225th) on 41.4% shooting (ranked 143rd). Elon is averaging 26.79 defensive rpg (ranked 45th) and 38.21 total rpg (ranked 60th).
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The Towson Tigers lost their 6th straight game and dropped to 7-7 (0-1 CAA) after losing to the James Madison Dukes 61-52 this past Saturday. The Tigers allowed the Dukes to shoot 59.0% from the floor in the loss. Leading the way for Towson was John Davis who had 15 points and 6 rebounds from off the bench. Towson is ranked 240th in the RPI Standings and has played the 327th ranked SOS. On the season the Tigers have been led by Four McGlynn (13.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), John Davis (10.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg), and Timajh Parker-Rivera (7.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.2 bpg). Offensively, Towson is averaging 65.6 ppg (ranked 229th) on 41.1% shooting (ranked 267th). The Tigers average just 9.0 apg (ranked 335th) and have a 0.61 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 332nd). Defensively, Towson is allowing their opponents to average 64.8 ppg (ranked 151st) on 40.7% shooting (ranked 122nd). The Tigers are averaging 15.14 offensive rpg (ranked 10th), 25.14 defensive rpg (ranked 117th) and 40.29 total rpg (ranked 25th). Towson has an average rebounding margin of 10.1 which ranks 10th in the country.
The Phoenix are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games. The Tigers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS loss however, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Elon won’t be afraid going into Towson as they’ve played in some big-time environments (Duke & Missouri) earlier this season. These teams are heading in different directions as Elon has won their past 4 games (3 road games) and Towson has lost 6 in a row. I’m surprised that Elon is the one getting points here and I don’t see any reason why they won’t win this game outright. Take Elon and the points (Take Elon ML if available).