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Catamounts open as college hoops underdog vs Phoenix

Elon PhoenixWestern Carolina Catamounts
7-7January 04, 2014, 02:00 | Ramsey Center7-8

Elon travels to Western Carolina on Saturday, hoping to boost its 7-7 record with a victory over the Catamounts.

Western Carolina battles the Phoenix, currently sitting with a 7-7 mark (4-6 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 2-6 for the Catamounts and 3-6 for the Phoenix.

View Elon Phoenix vs Western Carolina Catamounts Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Western Carolina Catamounts as 1.5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Catamounts rated this week at No. 186 and the Phoenix sitting at No. 155.

Elon was an 86-48 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Duke. They failed to cover the 16.5-point spread as underdogs. Duke cruised to victory on Tuesday, running Elon out of the gym and running up an 86-48 score at Greensboro Coliseum.

Western Carolina won its last outing, a 72-51 result against UNC Greensboro on January 2. They covered in that game as a 9-point favorite. Western Carolina cruised to victory on Thursday, running UNC Greensboro out of the gym and running up a 72-51 score at Ramsey Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Western Carolina's No. 124-ranked scoring average of 74.31 PPG, against a Phoenix defense rated No. 206 and allowing 74.14 PPG. The Catamounts FG% has averaged 41.94% to date this season, less than the Phoenix shooters have managed so far (48.62% per game).

A few Phoenix at Catamounts trends to consider:
Elon is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Elon is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Elon's last 12 games when playing Western Carolina
Elon is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Western Carolina
Western Carolina is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Western Carolina is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Elon
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Western Carolina's last 12 games when playing Elon
Western Carolina is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Elon

Next up:
Elon home to Appalachian State, Monday, January 6th
Western Carolina at Georgia Southern, Saturday, January 11th