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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Phoenix over Bulldogs

Samford BulldogsElon Phoenix
11-16February 15, 2014, 07:00 | Alumni Gym14-11

The Elon Phoenix will hit the floor running against the visiting Samford Bulldogs Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

Elon battles the Bulldogs, currently sitting with a 11-16 mark (9-10 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 6-14 for the Phoenix and 10-7 for the Bulldogs.

View Samford Bulldogs vs Elon Phoenix Odds and Stats.

The Phoenix were listed as -12-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Phoenix sit at No. 107 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bulldogs sit at No. 228 on the same chart.

Samford was a 74-68 loser in its last match on the road against Appalachian State. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. The Bulldogs endured a 74-68 loss at the hands of the Mountaineers on Thursday, despite a 13-point effort from Isaiah Williams at Holmes Convocation Center.

Elon was a 60-59 winner in their most recent outing at home against Georgia Southern. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as favorites. The Phoenix got 14 points from Ryley Beaumont as Elon ran past Georgia Southern 60-59 on Saturday at Alumni Gym.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Elon's No. 60 nationally ranked offense (75.56 points per game) against a Bulldogs defense that sits as the No. 238 at 76.74 PPG. The Phoenix have been averaging 46.64% from the field, less than the Bulldogs have managed so far this season (47.47% on average).

A few Bulldogs at Phoenix trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Samford's last 5 games
Samford is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Samford's last 6 games on the road
Samford is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Elon
Elon is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games
Elon is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Elon's last 6 games
Elon is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Samford at The Citadel, Monday, February 24th
Elon at UNC Greensboro, Wednesday, February 19th