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NCAAB Game Preview - Bulldogs underdogs vs Phoenix at Elon

The Citadel BulldogsElon Phoenix
March 4, 9:30 PM | McKay Center

The Citadel Bulldogs vs Elon Phoenix Odds

10-21TEAM RECORD13-16

The Phoenix will try to cover the spread at McKay Center on Friday when they get a visit from the The Citadel Bulldogs in college basketball action.

This game is part of the Southern Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at McKay Center.

The Phoenix currently sports a 13-16 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-7-1 ATS. The Bulldogs are 10-21 and 6-14 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Phoenix produce a 8-7 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bulldogs have gone 11-8-1 against the number.

View The Citadel vs Elon Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Elon sat as 3.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 245-rated Phoenix and the No. 263-ranked Bulldogs, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 71-65 result in favor of the Phoenix.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Elon has the nation's No. 50-rated offensive output, at 74.3 PPG. The visiting Bulldogs defense ranks No. 219 allowing on average 69.4 PPG. The Phoenix FG% has averaged 42.6% so far, less than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.7% per game.

Defensively, The Citadel features the nation's No. 254-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.8 points per game. Elon, meanwhile, comes in at No. 63 nationally in scoring at home.

The Citadel lost its last outing, a 70-59 result against Appalachian State on February 26. They failed to cover in that game as an 8.5-point underdog. The Bulldogs endured a 70-59 loss at the hands of the Mountaineers on Saturday, despite a 21-point effort from Cameron Wells at Holmes Convocation Center.

Last time out for Elon, they were a 72-57 winner as they battled Georgia Southern on the road. They covered in the match as a 4-point favorite. Elon got 16 points from Drew Spradlin en route to a 72-57 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday at Hanner Fieldhouse.

The Citadel Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
After playing Appalachian State are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

Elon Phoenix Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
After playing Georgia Southern are 2-8
After a win are 5-5

A few Bulldogs at Phoenix trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Elon's last 5 games
Elon is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing The Citadel
Elon is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games

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