Elon Phoenix vs. William & Mary Tribe - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
William & Mary Tribe (8-5) at Elon Phoenix (9-6)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Alumni Gym)
The Line: Elon Phoenix +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Elon Phoenix look to treat the fans at Alumni Gym to a big win versus the William & Mary Tribe.
The William & Mary Tribe figure to be in the mix for the Colonial Athletic title with possible the best mix of scoring and defense in the conference. The Tribe are outscoring opponents 70-60 and have looked even better in opening league play at 2-0 by an average score of 74-46. W&M are coming in off of a 74-47 rout of Drexel on the road Monday with a 39-18 second half run blowing open a five point game. The Dragons were limited to 31.6% from the floor while the Tribe burned the nets with 55% accuracy including eleven bombs. Marcus Thornton led all scorers with 23 points and six assistson 7-12 followed by a 14 point, five pull effort from Daniel Dixon. Omar Prewitt and Terry Tarpley combined for 17 points with six and ten rebounds respectively.
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The Elon Phoenix begin their first season in the Colonial and so far things have gone well with a 9-6 record behind a very good offense. The defense has picked up the slack lately as well with four straight decent outings which were winning efforts. However the offense struggled in their second conference game and the good times ended in a 57-53 loss at Towson on Monday night. The Tigers were held in check on 38% shooting but the Phoenix didn't capitalize with 34% marksmanship with Towson sinking nine more foul shots as well. Elijah Bryant paced the Elon attack with 12 points on 5-15 from the field with Tanner Samson next with eleven points. Ryan Winters rounded out the top contributors with ten points but nobody else scored more then six.
The Tribe are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game. W&M are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Phoenix are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. Elon are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 home games. The Tribe are a dangerous team but if they struggle it's generally on the road. I'm not putting money on this because it's a toss up...