UNC Wilmington vs. Elon - 2/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Elon Phoenix (14-11) at UNC Wilmington Seahawks (18-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Trask Coliseum)
The Line: UNC Wilmington Seahawks -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Elon Phoenix will travel to Trask Coliseum to take on the UNC Wilmington Seahawks this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Elon Phoenix had their two-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 14-11 (5-7 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Towson Tigers, 81-77, this past Saturday. Elon was able to put up some points against the tough Towson defense however, couldn’t fight back for the victory after falling down 76-71 with just 2:34 to play. Elon shot 47.2% from the field and 33.3% (8-24) from beyond the arc. The Phoenix allowed the Tigers to shoot 50.8% from the field and was outrebounded by a 34-27 margin. Leading the way for Elon was Dmitri Thompson who had 21 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Tanner Samson (13.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.1 apg), Luke Eddy (10.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.8 apg), and Dmitri Thompson (9.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.3 apg). Offensively, Elon is averaging 78.0 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field and 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Phoenix average 9.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.17. Defensively, Elon is allowing their opponents to average 77.1 ppg on 44.8% shooting. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of -0.2 and a turnover margin of -1.4.
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The UNC Wilmington Seahawks won their 9th straight game and improved to 18-5 (10-2 CAA) on the season after defeating the Northeastern Huskies, 90-73, this past Saturday. UNC Wilmington used a 20-4 run early in the 2nd half to gain a 62-46 lead and had little trouble hanging on for the win. UNC Wilmington was outstanding offensively as they shot 62.7% from the field and 47.4% (9-19) from beyond the arc. The Seahawks allowed the Huskies to shoot 50.0% from the field and outrebounded Northeastern by a 30-26 margin. Leading the way for UNC Wilmington was Chris Flemmings who had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. On the season, the Seahawks have been led by Chris Flemmings (17.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg), Denzel Ingram (12.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 spg), C.J. Bryce (11.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, UNC Wilmington is averaging 81.8 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field and 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Seahawks average 6.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.23. Defensively, UNC Wilmington is allowing their opponents to average 71.7 ppg on 41.6% shooting. The Seahawks average 8.2 steals per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.23.
The Phoenix are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Seahawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Elon has been better than expected this season and has shown they can be competitive against the best in the CAA with their great win on the road against James Madison earlier this season. UNC Wilmington has certainly been the surprise team in the CAA as the Seahawks have been unstoppable as of late and has been able to go on the road and beat the best the CAA has to offer in Hofstra, William & Mary, and James Madison. UNC Wilmington has a great offensive and underrated defense that causes turnovers and although Elon can do some damage with the three-pointer, I think UNC Wilmington will be able to pick up a double-digit win here and cover this large spread. Take UNC Wilmington to cover.