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Elon vs. Northeastern - 12/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northeastern Huskies (8-5) at Elon Phoenix (9-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Alumni Gym)

The Line: Elon Phoenix +1.5 -- Over/Under: 156 See the Latest Odds

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The Northeastern Huskies will travel to Alumni Gym to take on the Elon Phoenix this Thursday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Northeastern Huskies fell to 8-2 (0-0 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the North Carolina State Wolfpack, 72-66, this past Tuesday. Northeastern was able to keep the game close and tied it at 57 with 4 minutes left however, allowed the Wolfpack to go on 12-3 run over the next two minutes to lose the game. Northeastern shot 44.4% from the field and 45.8% (11-24) from three-point range. The Huskies allowed North Carolina State to shoot 46.7% from the field and was outrebounded by the Wolfpack by a 39-28 margin. Leading the way for Northeastern was Quincy Ford who had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Huskies have been led by David Walker (19.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.8 apg), Quincy Ford (16.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.8 spg), and Zach Stahl (12.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.8 apg). Offensively, Northeastern is averaging 74.7 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field and 38.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Huskies average 8.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.01. Defensively, Northeastern is allowing an average of 71.2 ppg on 46.6% shooting. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of -0.2.

Elon vs. Northeastern - 12/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Elon Phoenix had their six game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-4 (0-0 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the 15th ranked Duke Blue Devils, 105-66, this past Monday. Elon had no answers for the Duke offensive as they found themselves down by a 70-31 margin by the end of the 1st half. Elon shot just 37.9% from the field and was outrebounded by Duke by a 53-30 margin. The Phoenix allowed the Blue Devils to shoot 51.3% from the field and 41.4% (12-29) from three-point range. Leading the way for Elon was Tanner Samson who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Tanner Samson (15.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.8 apg), Dainan Swoope (11.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.4 apg), and Luke Eddy (9.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, Elon is averaging 81.5 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field and 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Phoenix average 10.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.18. Defensively, Elon is allowing their opponents to average 78.0 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of -1.2.

The Huskies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. CAA opponents. The Phoenix are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games and4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. CAA opponents.

Northeastern has had an up and down season to date as although they got a big win at Miami, they’ve suffered some tough losses to Miami-OH and Western Michigan. Elon has had a nice start to their season but got a pretty big reality check in their recent matchup against Duke. This should be a faced pace game as both teams struggle on the defensive end and like to put up the three-pointer, but I think Northeastern is the better squad in this one and cover this small spread on the road. Take Northeastern to cover.

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