Elon Phoenix vs. Northeastern Huskies - 2/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northeastern Huskies (19-10) at Elon Phoenix (12-17)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Gym)
The Line: Elon Phoenix +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northeastern Huskies will travel to Alumni Gym (Elon University) to take on the Elon Phoenix this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Northeastern Huskies improved to 19-10 (11-5 CAA) on the season after defeating the Drexel Dragons, 83-73 (OT), this past Saturday. Northeastern shot 54.5% from the field and 50.0% (4-8) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was David Walker who had 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Northeastern is ranked 101st in the RPI Standings and has played the 157th ranked SOS. On the season, the Huskies have been led by Scott Eatherton (14.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.7 apg) and David Walker (12.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.3 apg). Northeastern is averaging 68.4 ppg (ranked 152nd) on 48.0% shooting (ranked 18th). The Huskies are shooting 37.4% from beyond the arc (ranked 57th) and average 14.4 apg (ranked 60th). Northeastern is holding their opponents to an average of 65.0 ppg (ranked 139th) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 253rd). The Huskies average 14.3 personal fouls per game (ranked 6th) however, have a turnover margin of -3.9 (ranked 339th).
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The Elon Phoenix improved to 12-17 (4-12 CAA) on the season after defeating the Delaware Blue Hens, 83-75 (OT), this past Saturday. Elon shot 44.4% from the field and 43.3% (13-30) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Austin Hamilton who had 16 points, 9 assists, and 2 steals. Elon is ranked 283rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 308th ranked SOS. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Elijah Bryant (13.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 apg) and Luke Eddy (13.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.1 apg). Elon is averaging 70.7 ppg (ranked 90th) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 233rd). The Phoenix average 7.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 86th) on 35.2% three-point shooting (ranked 125th). Elon is holding their opponents to an average of 71.3 ppg (ranked 291st) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 250th). The Phoenix pull down 35.14 total rpg (ranked 145th) and have a turnover margin of 1.3 9rnaked 93rd).
The Huskies are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Phoenix are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 6-21 ATS in their last 27 home games.
The Northeastern Huskies have won 5 of their last 7 games and remain just a half game out of first place in the CAA. Elon snapped a 7 game losing streak with their victory against Delaware. Northeastern was able to beat Elon by 19 points as they were able to hold the high scoring Phoenix to just 61 points. Elon plays better at home, and although I think they'll play Northeastern tougher at home, I think Northeastern will be able to score at will against the weak Elon defense and cover this mid-range spread. Take Northeastern to cover.