William & Mary at Elon: 2/22/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Elon Phoenix (5-8) vs William & Mary Tribe (6-8)
Game Info: Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Schar Center)
Betting Odds: Elon Phoenix -4 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The William & Mary Tribe will travel to the Schar Center to take on the Elon Phoenix this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The William & Mary Tribe will look to avoid a 2-game sweep at the hands of the Elon Phoenix after the Tribe was defeated by the Phoenix by a 75-54 margin this past Saturday. William & Mary was outplayed on both ends of the court against Elon and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 44-23 margin. William & Mary shot just 33.3% from the field and 22.2% from beyond the arc while Elon shot 50.8% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc. William & Mary won the turnover battle by a 11-10 margin, however, lost the rebounding battle by a 39-34 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Tribe was Connor Kochera (20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal) while the Phoenix was led by Darius Burford (27 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals).
On the season, William & Mary is averaging 66.2 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Tribe are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 30.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, William & Mary has been led by Luke Loewe (16.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.5 spg), Connor Kochera (14.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.4 apg), Quinn Blair (11.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg), & Yuri Covington (9.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.2 apg).
Defensively, William & Mary is allowing their opponents to average 73.3 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Tribe have a rebound margin of -2.1 and a turnover margin of -2.1.
On the season, Elon is averaging 63.3 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Phoenix are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Elon has been led by Hunter McIntosh (15.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.5 apg), Ikenna Ndugba (8.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.5 apg), Hunter Woods (7.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.2 spg), & Darius Burford (7.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Elon is holding their opponents to an average of 66.5 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of -0.7.
The Tribe are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Phoenix are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win, however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
William & Mary was not a great team prior to having to take about three weeks off due to covid-19 protocols and the Tribe certainly did not look any better in their first game back this past Saturday against Elon. William & Mary has struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Tribe rank just 285th in scoring offense & 246th in scoring defense and as Elon has a winning home record and has a defense that is ranked 76th in scoring defense, I think the play here is to take Elon to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!