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Elon Phoenix host Columbia Lions in college basketball action

Columbia LionsElon Phoenix
4-3December 01, 2013, 02:00 | Alumni Gym3-4

Elon looks to cover the Phoenix-Lions pointspread on Sunday and improve its overall 3-4 mark when they host Columbia in college basketball wagering action.

Elon will face the 4-3 Lions, who own a 3-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Phoenix are 2-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Lions are 1-4 favoring the OVER.

View Columbia Lions vs Elon Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Elon opened as -5.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 163-ranked Phoenix and the No. 100-rated Lions in this matchup.

Columbia was a 61-47 winner in their most recent outing at home against American. Luke Petrasek scored 19 points leading the Lions to a 61-47 victory over American at Levien Gym on Tuesday.

Last time out for Elon, they were a 90-85 winner as they battled Georgia State at home. They covered in the match as a 2-point underdog. The Phoenix got 19 points from Lucas Troutman as Elon ran past Georgia State 90-85 on Tuesday at Alumni Gym.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Elon has the nation's No. 49-rated offensive output, at 81.57 PPG. The visiting Lions defense ranks No. 20 allowing on average 61.29 PPG. The Phoenix FG% has averaged 50.66% so far, more than the Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.65% per game.

Next up:
Columbia home to Army, Wednesday, December 4th
Elon at VMI, Tuesday, December 3rd