Elon vs. Drexel - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Drexel Dragons (13-12) at Elon Phoenix (9-18)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Schar Center)
The Line: Elon Phoenix -1 -- Over/Under: 141.5
The Drexel Dragons will travel to the Schar Center to take on the Elon Phoenix this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Drexel Dragons lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 13-13 (6-7 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the William & Mary Tribe, 77-72, this past Thursday. Drexel fought back from a 43-34 halftime deficit to make it competitive late, however, William & Mary was able to seal the game last after taking a 74-70 lead with under minute left in regulation. Drexel shot 43.6% from the field and 47.6% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Dragons was Camren Wynter who had 24 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, Drexel is averaging 69.3 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Dragons are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Drexel has been led by Camren Wynter (15.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.7 spg), James Butler (13.1 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 bpg), and Zach Walton (12.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg).
Defensively, Drexel is allowing their opponents to average 70.1 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Dragons have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of -3.2.
The Elon Phoenix had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-18 (5-9 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Delaware Blue Hens, 81-75, this past Thursday. Elon fought back from a 63-54 deficit midway through the 2nd half to take a late 75-72 lead late, however, the Phoenix allowed Delaware to escape with the victory after Elon offense was held scoreless over the final 1:20 of regulation. Elon shot 50.0% from the field, however, allowed Delaware to shoot 55.8% from the field and 45.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Marcus Sheffield II who had 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.
On the season, Elon is averaging 68.6 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Phoenix are averaging 10.0 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Elon has been led by Marcus Sheffield II (18.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.9 apg), Hunter McIntosh (10.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.9 apg), and Hunter Woods (10.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Elon is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of -1.9 and a turnover margin of 0.0.
The Phoenix are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 February games, however, are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. The Phoenix are 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games and 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games vs. CAA opponents.
Drexel has lost 5 of their last 6 games and come into this game ranked just 238th in scoring offense, 199th in scoring defense, and 250th in defensive FG%.
Elon comes into this match-up ranked just 256th in scoring offense and T-250th in scoring defense, however, the Phoenix have been solid offensively beyond the arc as they come in ranked 11th in three-pointers made per game and 52nd in 3P-FG%.
Elon couldn’t pick up a win at home against a decent Delaware team on Thursday, however, this is a Elon team that has playing their best basketball of the season which included solid wins against Northeastern & Charleston. Drexel had no trouble defeating Elon at home earlier this season, however, as the Dragons have lost 5 of their last 6 games and come into this game with just a 1-10 record on the road, I think Marcus Sheffield II and the Phoenix does enough in this one to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!