Elon at Northeastern
|Date & Time||Saturday February 9, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)|
Northeastern Huskies -17 -- Over/Under: 143
The Elon Phoenix will travel to Matthews Arena to take on the Northeastern Huskies this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Elon Phoenix lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 8-17 (4-8 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Hofstra Pride, 102-61, this past Thursday. Elon had no answers on either end of the court in the 1st half agianst the CAA leading Pride and couldn’t fight back after trailing by a 57-22 margin at halftime. Elon shot just 29.4% from beyond the arc while allowing Hofstra to shoot 56.9% from the field & 48.6% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Kris Wooten who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and a block.
On the season, Elon is averaging 69.5 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Phoenix are averaging 9.9 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Elon has been led by Tyler Seibring (16.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 apg), Steve Santa Ana (14.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.1 apg), Sheldon Eberhardt (9.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.5 apg), and Nathan Priddy (7.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.7 apg).
Defensively, Elon is allowing their opponents to average 75.4 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of -2.9 and a turnover margin of -3.0.
The Northeastern Huskies won their 3rd consecutive game and improved to 14-9 (8-3 CAA) on the season after defeating the William & Mary Pride, 72-60, this past Thursday. Northeastern dominated the Tribe on the offensive end and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 41-24 halftime lead. Northeastern shot 50.0% from beyond the arc and won the turnover battle by a 20-11 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Vasa Pusica who had 19 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, Northeastern is averaging 75.5 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 37.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northeastern has been led by Vasa Pusica (16.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.4 spg), Jordan Roland (14.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.4 spg), Donnell Gresham Jr. (10.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg), and Bolden Brace (9.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.6 apg).
Defensively, Northeastern is allowing their opponents to average 72.1 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of -0.5 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The Phoenix are just 9-21 ATS in their last 30 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Huskies are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
Elon has lost 3 of their last 5 games and have struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Phoenix rank just 269th in scoring offense, 273rd in scoring defense, and 243rd in defensive FG%.
Northeastern has won 7 of their last 8 games and although their defense can allow some points at times as the Huskies rank just 302nd in scoring defense, Northeastern has been solid on the offensive end as they rank T-116th in scoring offense, 37th in FG%, and 32nd in 3P-FG%.
Northeastern has been playing some great basketball as of late, including handing Hofstra their only CAA loss this season, however, the Huskies can be inconsistent as we’ve seen with their losses at home agianst Delaware and on the road against Towson. Elon looked pretty bad agianst Hofstra, however, the Phoenix have been playing better over the past few weeks and as I think they’ll have some success from beyond the arc against the Huskies defense that ranks just 305th in defensive FG%, I’m going to take the Phoenix and the points. Good Luck!