Syracuse vs. Elon - 11/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Elon Phoenix (2-1) vs. Syracuse Orange (2-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Carrier Dome)
The Line: Syracuse -16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Elon Phoenix and Syracuse Orange square off Saturday night at the Carrier Dome.
The Elon Phoenix will play already their third road game this season when they take the court. The Elon Phoenix are averaging 79 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 73 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Dmitri Thompson is averaging 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while Tanner Samson is averaging 13.3 points and three rebounds. Dainan Swoope is the third double-digit scorer and Luke Eddy is dishing 5.7 assists. The Elon Phoenix beat Charlotte on the road and lost to Michigan by 20 points. Elon is shooting a cool 35.4 percent from downtown but allowing teams to shoot 46.7 percent from deep defensively. Elon is also averaging 15 turnovers per game, a stat that’s not good heading into this match.
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The Syracuse Orange play for the first time since Tuesday and hope to remain unbeaten. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 68 points on 40.4 percent shooting and allowing 56.5 points on 33.1 percent shooting. Michael Gbinije is averaging 19.5 points and four assists while Trevor Cooney is averaging 15.5 points and 2.5 assists. Malachi Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Lydon is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are playing elite defense, which includes holding teams to 26.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The one downside so far for the Syracuse Orange is that they do have 29 turnovers in two games. Syracuse has won 11 of its last 15 home games.
The Phoenix are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Orange are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games.
With Elon turning the ball over a ton and the type of defense that Syracuse plays, this is just a bad matchup for the Phoenix. I look for the Orange to win a blowout.