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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Phoenix underdogs vs Blue Devils at Duke

Elon PhoenixDuke Blue Devils
7-6December 31, 2013, 01:00 | Greensboro Coliseum10-2



The Duke Blue Devils will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Elon Phoenix at Greensboro Coliseum on Tuesday in NCAA hoops play.

Duke will face the 7-6 Phoenix, who own a 4-5 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Blue Devils are 5-7 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Phoenix are 3-5 favoring the OVER.

View Elon Phoenix vs Duke Blue Devils Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Phoenix were listed as 16.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 7-rated Blue Devils and the No. 155-ranked Phoenix, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

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Elon won its last outing, a 67-62 result against Florida Atlantic on December 22. They covered in that game as a 3-point favorite. The Phoenix grabbed a 67-62 win over the Owls on Sunday, behind an 18 -point effort from Jack Isenbarger at FAU Arena.

Last time out for Duke, they were an 82-59 winner as they battled Eastern Michigan at home. They covered in the match as a 16.5-point favorite. Duke cruised to victory on Saturday, running Eastern Michigan out of the gym and running up an 82-59 score at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Duke's No. 11-ranked scoring average of 85.17 PPG, against a Phoenix defense rated No. 192 and allowing 73.23 PPG. The Blue Devils FG% has averaged 50.36% to date this season, more than the Phoenix shooters have managed so far (49.6% per game).

A few Phoenix at Blue Devils trends to consider:
Elon is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Elon is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Duke is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Duke is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Duke's last 6 games
Duke is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road


Next up:
Elon at Western Carolina, Saturday, January 4th
Duke at Notre Dame, Saturday, January 4th

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