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Elon vs Charleston Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds

Phoenix vs Cougars Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Elon Phoenix at Charleston Cougars
  • Where: Charleston at TD Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds: Elon +20.5, ELON +1340 | CHAR -3750 O/U 149.0

Phoenix Preview:

Through 17 games, the Elon Phoenix have an overall record of 2-15. On the road, the Phoenix will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 0-9. So far, the Phoenix have been the underdog 14 times, going 0-14 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +20.5 underdogs on the spread.

Elon’s leading scorer this season is Sean Halloran, who is averaging 13.12 points per contest. So far, Halloran has accounted for 19.27% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.24 rebounds per game and 4.35 assists. Zac Ervin is the second leading scorer for the Phoenix, averaging 11.24 points per game. Between him and Ervin, they are accounting for 35.8% of the team’s scoring.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Elon this season, as they are currently ranked 326th in college basketball at 67.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Phoenix’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.2%, placing them 235th in the NCAA.

Cougars Preview:

Charleston heads into this matchup having played 18 games and have an overall record sitting at 17-1. So far this season, Charleston has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 11-0. The Cougars’ are sitting with a betting line that is -20.5 points in their favor. For the season, Charleston has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 14-0.

Charleston’s leading scorer this season is Dalton Bolon, who is averaging 13.22 points per contest. So far, Bolon has accounted for 16.47% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.39 rebounds per game and 1.11 assists. Ryan Larson is the second leading scorer for the Cougars, averaging 11.17 points per game. Between him and Larson, they are accounting for 30.4% of the team’s scoring.

Charleston comes into today’s matchup vs Elon, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 78.2 points per game. Through 18 games, they have hit 44.0% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Cougars have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 220th in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Charleston Cougars -20.5

Our analysis of the game between the Elon Phoenix and Charleston Cougars suggests that Elon will cover the spread as +20.5 point underdogs. We believe the spread for this matchup is set too high, providing an opportunity for Elon to cover. Even if they are behind for most of the game, the Phoenix have a good chance of keeping the final score closer than expected. In these types of situations, the better team’s pace of play can be crucial in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams are close to the NCAA average in possessions per game, Elon won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Based on our model, we recommend betting on the Elon Phoenix at +20.5.


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