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Elon Phoenix vs. Duke Blue Devils Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/31/13

Duke Blue Devils (10-2) at Elon Phoenix (7-6)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Alumni Gym)

The Line: Elon Phoenix +16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Duke Blue Devils play the Elon Phoenix on Tuesday night.

Elon improved to 7-6 on the year after beating FAU 67-62 on the road last week. The Phoenix shot 38.5% from the field and 40% from three-point range, while shooting an impressive 82.6% from the charity stripe in the win. Jack Isenbarger scored 18 points and Sebastian Koch added 14 points and 7 rebounds for Elon. Lucas Troutman led the team in rebounding with 8. On the year, Troutman leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game. Troutman also leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.6 boards per contest. The Phoenix are shooting an impressive 49.6% from the field this year and are averaging 81.4 points per game, which ranks 35th in the country. Elon is not a great rebounding team. The Phoenix have played two neutral site games already this year and they lost both of them.

Elon Phoenix vs. Duke Blue Devils Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/31/13

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The Duke Blue Devils improved to 10-2 on the year after blowing out Eastern Michigan 82-59 on Saturday. Duke shot 40% from the field and 34.5% from three-point range. Rodney Hood sat out after having to leave the court to throw up due to an illness. Andre Dawkins stepped in for Hood and scored a season-high 20 points. Jabari Parker scored a team-high 23 points, while Amile Jefferson pulled down a team high 14 rebounds. On the year, Parker leads the team with 22.2 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per contest. Hood is averaging 17.6 points per game, while Jefferson is pulling down 5.8 boards per game. The Blue Devils are averaging 85.2 points per game and 50.2% from the field as a team, which ranks 14th and 9th in the country this year. Duke is not a great rebounding team and they lack big bodies in the front court. This will be Duke’s 5th neutral site game; the Blue Devils are 2-2 on the season.

Duke is getting better with every game they play. The Blue Devils will need to improve in the front court offensively and rebounding by season’s end but those weaknesses won’t matter against Elon. Elon is efficient on offense but they will find it tough to score against Duke on Tuesday. I’m taking the Blue Devils to win big.

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