Hofstra vs. Elon - 1/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Elon Phoenix (10-6) at Hofstra Pride (9-6)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Hofstra Arena)
The Line: Hofstra Pride -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Elon Phoenix will travel to the Mack Sports Complex to take on the Hofstra Pride this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Elon Phoenix had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-6 (2-1 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Northeastern Huskies, 72-60, this past Friday night. Elon struggled in the 1st half against the Huskies and couldn’t fight all the way back after trailing by a 39-18 margin at halftime. Elon allowed Northeastern to shoot 46.4% from the field and 36.7% (11-30) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Dmitri Thompson who had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Elon is averaging 73.6 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Phoenix are averaging 10.6 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Elon has been led by Dainan Swoope (14.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.5 apg), Tyler Seibring (12.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.3 apg), Brian Dawkins (11.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Dmitri Thompson (11.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.3 apg). Defensively, Elon is allowing their opponents to average 72.6 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of -1.9.
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The Hofstra Pride won their 2nd straight game and improved to 9-6 (2-1 CAA) on the season after defeating the James Madison Dukes, 87-81 in OT, this past Friday night. Hofstra got a huge three-pointer by Justin Wright-Foreman at the end of regulation to force OT and used a puled away after an 8-1 run gave the Pride a 85-78 lead with just :15 seconds left in the overtime period. Hofstra shot 49.2% from the field and 45.5% (10-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Pride was Justin Wright-Foreman who had 26 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Hofstra is averaging 78.5 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Pride are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hofstra has been led by Justin Wright-Foreman (24.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.9 apg), Eli Pemberton (15.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.4 apg), Rokas Gustys (9.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Joel Angus III (6.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg). Defensively, Hofstra is allowing their opponents to average 78.0 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Pride have a rebound margin of 7.5 and a turnover margin of -0.7.
The Phoenix are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The Pride are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Elon has won 4 of their last 6 games and although they rank just 204th in scoring offense, the Phoenix are very dangerous from beyond the arc and rank 18th in three-pointers made per game. Hofstra ranks T-92nd in scoring offense, however, the Pride have struggled on the defensive end this season s they rank just 296th in scoring defense and 311th in defensive FG%. Elon has the talent to be one of the better CAA teams this season and although their offensive can struggle at times, I think the Phoenix will have success against the weak Pride defense and do enough to cover with the points. Take Elon and the points.