Elon at Drexel: 3/9/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Drexel Dragons (9-6) vs Elon Phoenix (10-8)
Game Info: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Atlantic Union Bank Center)
Betting Odds: Drexel Dragons -4.5 -- Over/Under: 130.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Elon Phoenix and Drexel Dragons will square off at the Atlantic Union Bank Center in the CAA Championship this Tuesday night.
The 8-seed Elon Phoenix (10-8) will be looking to make their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament after reaching the CAA Championship after defeating 4-seed Hofstra Pride, 76-58, on Monday night. Elon trailed by a 34-33 margin at halftime, however, the Phoenix dominated Hofstra on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and pulled away after taking a 69-57 lead with 4:15 left in regulation. Elon shot 42.9% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc while Hofstra shot 38.0% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc. Elon outrebounded Hofstra by a 48-28 margin and won the turnover battle by a 12-11 margin. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Darius Burford who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Elon is averaging 66.3 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Phoenix are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Elon has been led by Hunter McIntosh (15.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 apg), Ikenna Ndugba (9.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Darius Burford (9.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 spg), & Hunter Woods (8.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Elon is holding their opponents to an average of 65.1 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of 0.4.
The 6-seed Drexel Dragons (11-7) was able to advance to the CAA Championship after defeating the 2-seed Northeastern Huskies, 74-67, on Monday night. Drexel was lights out on the offensive end against Northeastern and was able to pull away later after taking a 64-56 lead with 2:19 left in regulation. Drexel shot 52.0% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc while Northeastern shot 41.3% from the field and 31.6% from beyond the arc. Drexel lost the turnover battle by a 16-6 margin, however, outrebounded Northeastern by a 38-26 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Dragons was James Butler who had a double-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 block.
On the season, Drexel is averaging 71.9 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Dragons are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Drexel has been led by Camren Wynter (17.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.4 apg), James Butler (13.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.7 apg), T.J. Bickerstaff (11.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg), & Zach Walton (10.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.6 apg).
Defensively, Drexel is holding their opponents to an average of 67.4 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Dragons have a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of -1.7.
The Phoenix are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Dragons are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
Drexel has won 4 of their last 5 games and have been decent on both sides of the ball this season as the Dragons come into this game ranked 160th in scoring offense, 29th in FG%, & 91st in scoring defense. Elon has been on an absolute roll as of late, winning their last 7 games, and have been led by their defense that comes into this game ranked 50th in scoring defense. Drexel might be the better team on paper, however, this is a very good Elon team that has talent and seems to be putting everything together at the right time and as I think they continue their solid play in this one, I am taking Elon on the money line as I think the Phoenix punches their first ticket to the NCAA Championship. Good Luck!