Elon vs. Delaware - 2/13/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Elon vs. Delaware - 2/13/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (18-7) at Elon Phoenix (9-17)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Schar Center)

The Line: Elon Phoenix +2 -- Over/Under: 146.5

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The Delaware Blue Hens will travel to the Schar Center to take on the Elon Phoenix this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Delaware Blue Hens won their 6th straight game and improved to 18-7 (8-4 CAA) on the season after defeating the James Madison Dukes, 80-78, this past Saturday. Delaware trailed by a 66-59 margin with just 6:21 left in regulation, however, the Blue Hens were outstanding offensively down the stretch and was able to keep their winning streak alive after Nate Darling made the game-winning lay-up for the Blue Hens with just :05 seconds left in regulation. Delaware shot 43.9% from the field and 77.4% (24-31) from the free-throw line in the victory. Leading the way for the Blue Hens was Nate Darling who had 27 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

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On the season, Delaware is averaging 74.8 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Blue Hens are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Delaware has been led by Nate Darling (20.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.8 apg), Ryan Allen (12.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Justyn Mutts (12.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg).

Defensively, Delaware is allowing their opponents to average 70.5 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Blue Hens have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of -1.2.

The Elon Phoenix won their 3rd straight game and improved to 9-17 (5-8 CAA) on the season after upsetting the Charleston Cougars, 72-65, this past Saturday. Elon had one of their better defensive performances of the season and was able to pull away for the victory after a 13-2 Phoenix run gave Elon a 57-46 lead with 4:45 left in regulation. Elon shot 39.3% from beyond the arc while holding  Charleston to 37.7% shooting from the field and 30.4% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Marcus Sheffield II who had a double-double with 31 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and a block.

On the season, Elon is averaging 68.3 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field. The Phoenix are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Elon has been led by Marcus Sheffield II (18.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.7 apg), Hunter McIntosh (10.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Hunter Woods (10.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Elon is allowing their opponents to average 71.7 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of -1.7 and a turnover margin of 0.0.

The Blue Hens are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Phoenix are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 home games.

Delaware has been led by their offense this season which comes into this game ranked 88th in scoring offense, 16th in FG%, and 53rd in 3P-FG%.

Elon ranks just 262nd in scoring offense this season, however, the Phoenix have been dangerous from beyond the arc and come into this game ranked 18th in three-pointers made per game and 68th in 3P-FG%.

Delaware has been outstanding offensively this season and continue to win close games, however, Elon has also been sold as of late with impressive victories agianst Northeastern & Charleston. Elon’s defense has struggled this season, which is a concern against a solid Blue Hens offense, however as Elon has been decent at home this season and that I think their three-point shooting will be able to find success agianst the Blue Hens 210th ranked scoring defense, I think the play here is to take Elon and the points. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Elon Phoenix +2

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