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Elon Phoenix face Samford Bulldogs: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Elon PhoenixSamford Bulldogs
10-10January 25, 2014, 07:00 | Pete Hanna Center8-13



College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Phoenix of Elon hit the hard court against the Bulldogs of Samford.

The Phoenix will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 5-11 ATS against the number this season, while the Bulldogs are 6-7 ATS. Elon is 5-10 on the totals; Samford is 6-5.

View Elon Phoenix vs Samford Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

The Phoenix were listed as -4.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 322-ranked Bulldogs and the No. 257-rated Phoenix in this matchup.

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Last time out for Samford, they were an 88-78 winner as they battled UNC Greensboro at home. They covered in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. The Bulldogs got a 29-point performance from Tim Williams, who added 12 rebounds, as Samford ran past UNC Greensboro 88-78 on Thursday at Pete Hanna Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Phoenix is ranked No. 196 in NCAA hoops at 33.95 per game. Contrast that with Samford’s No. 236 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Samford is the No. 198-ranked team in the country at 5.29 per game, while Elon rates No. 13 at 8.45 per game.

A few Phoenix at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Elon is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Elon's last 8 games
Elon is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Elon is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Samford is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Samford's last 6 games
Samford is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Samford is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Elon


Next up:
Elon home to Western Carolina, Thursday, January 30th
Samford at Furman, Thursday, January 30th

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