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Northern Illinois vs. Elon - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Elon Phoenix (3-1) at Northern Illinois Huskies (3-2)

College Basketball: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm (NIU Convocation Center)

The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -2.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Northern Illinois Huskies and the Elon Phoenix face off on Friday in afternoon college basketball action.

The Northern Illinois Huskies are 3-2 this season and they have lost their last 2 games. NIU is averaging 72.2 points per game and they are shooting 38.5 percent from the floor and 27.9 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 69.8 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Marin Maric leads the Huskies averaging 14.8 points and 24.6 minutes per game. Laytwan Porter is averaging 11.8 points for NIU, Jaylen Key is averaging 11.4 points and 7 rebounds, Levi Bradley is averaging 8.6 points, and Dontel Highsmith is averaging 7.8 points. Northern Illinois just doesn’t seem to have the depth to compete against many of the teams out there.

Northern Illinois vs. Elon - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Elon Phoenix are 3-1 this season and they have won their last two games.  Elon is averaging 86.7 points per game and they are shooting 50 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 80.3 points per game and their opponents are shooting 46.5 percent. Dainan Swoope leads the Phoenix averaging 14 points per game. Steve Santa Ana is averaging 13.8 points, Brian Dawkins is averaging 13.3 points, and Tyler Seibring is averaging 11.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Elon’s lone loss was by 5 points to Charlotte but they have won comfortably in the two games since.

Northern Illinois is 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 home games against a team with a winning road record, 23-9-3 against the spread in their last 35 home games, and 2-6-1 against the spread in their last 9 non-conference games. Elon is 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 road games, 11-4 against the spread in their last 15 non-conference games, and 1-4 against the spread following a win.

I always like getting points with the better team and I believe that is what we are getting here with Elon. 

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