Elon Phoenix vs Appalachian State Mountaineers Odds
Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Holmes Convocation Center Saturday as host Appalachian State looks to handle the Elon Phoenix in NCAA hoops action.
Supporters of the Phoenix have watched them go 8-6 and 6-3 ATS on the year, while the Mountaineers are at 5-8 and 8-0 ATS. In totals betting, the Mountaineers are 1-5, while the Phoenix have a 3-4 mark.
The visitors opened as 2.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including . The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Mountaineers - Phoenix odds would favor the Phoenix if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Appalachian State is rated No. 242 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Elon is at No. 76. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 74-68 win for the Phoenix.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Appalachian State's No. 111-ranked scoring average of 70.8 PPG, against a Phoenix defense rated No. 131 and allowing 64.3 PPG. The Mountaineers FG% has averaged 42% to date this season, more than the Phoenix shooters have managed so far (41.4% per game).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Elon owns the country's No. 170-rated mark, allowing 70 points per game on the highway. Appalachian State, on the other hand, rates No. 122 in scoring at home.
Elon lost its last outing, a 74-64 result against Princeton on January 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point underdog. Elon got 16 points from Jack Isenbarger but lost anyway, 74-64, to Princeton on Saturday at Alumni Gym.
Appalachian State won its last outing, a 50-49 result against Wofford on January 8. They covered in that game as an 8.5-point underdog. Appalachian State earned a 50-49 victory over Wofford on Tuesday, getting 10 points from Nathan Healy at Benjamin Johnson Arena.
Elon Phoenix Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Western Carolina are 4-6
After playing Princeton are 0-1
After a loss are 5-5
Appalachian State Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing UNC Greensboro are 8-2
After playing Wofford are 7-3
After a win are 3-7
A few Phoenix at Mountaineers trends to consider:
Elon is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Elon is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Appalachian State
Elon is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Appalachian State
Appalachian State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Elon
Appalachian State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Elon
Appalachian State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Appalachian State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Elon at Western Carolina, Monday, January 14
Appalachian State home to UNC Greensboro, Monday, January 14