Elon Phoenix vs. UNC Wilmington Seahawks - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UNC Wilmington Seahawks (17-11) at Elon Phoenix (13-17)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Gym)
The Line: Elon Phoenix +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina-Wilmington look for a share of first in the CAA with a road win at the Elon Phoenix.
The North Carolina-Seahawks were not on my radar as a top contender in the Colonial Athletic but here we are at the end of a long season and a win guarantees them of at least a share of first. The Seahawks have won four of five with contributions from both ends of the floor with both at their best in Wedneday's 74-54 blowout of James Madison. UNCW jumped to an eleven point lead at the halfway point and kept the pressure on to the last second. The Dukes had nothing going offensively at less then 37% whilw the Seahawks 48% accuracy accounted for nine more buckets. Addison Spruill led three double digit scorers with 19 points and nine rebounds followed by Jordan Talley and CJ Gettys with a combined 21 points while four others added between 7-9 points.
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Unless the Elon Phoenix can win the CAA postseason their first year in the conference hasn't been one for the scrapbooks with a 4-12 mark. Simply not enough consistent scoring and defense to compete on a weekly basis although the Phoenix have won consecutive contests for the first time. The Phoenix knocked off third seed Northeastern 72-65 on Thursday as a five point home dog. Both teams connected at a solid 49% but the difference in winng or losing came down to which team made more threes and free throws and in both cases that was Elon. The Phoenix received 16 points and eight rebounds from Elijah Bryant with Tanner Samson and Dmitri Thompson adding 13 and 12 points respectively. Austin Hamilton and Christian Hairston scored nine points apiece to give the offense plenty of options.
The Seahawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. UNCW are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Colonial Athletic Association and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Phoenix are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 vs. Colonial Athletic Association and 7-21 ATS in their last 28 home games. Elon are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Seahawks have to win this so I'm laying the small chalk...