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Southern Tournament - Elon Phoenix host Western Carolina Catamounts in college basketball action

Western Carolina CatamountsElon Phoenix
16-14March 08, 2014, 02:30 | U.S. Cellular Center18-13

The Elon Phoenix hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Western Carolina Catamounts pay a visit to U.S. Cellular Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The Phoenix currently sports a 18-13 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 11-16 ATS. The Catamounts are 16-14 and 9-15 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Phoenix produce a 10-17 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Catamounts have gone 11-13 against the number.

View Western Carolina Catamounts vs Elon Phoenix Odds and Stats.

The Phoenix were listed as -4.5-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 power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Phoenix rated this week at No. 40 and the Catamounts sitting at No. 46.

Last time out for Western Carolina, they were a 93-86 loser as they battled Samford on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point favorite. Trey Sumler scored 27 points for Western Carolina on Saturday, but the Bulldogs managed a 93-86 victory over the Catamounts at Pete Hanna Center.

In their last action, Elon was an 86-69 loser at home against Davidson. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. The Phoenix got 19 points from Ryley Beaumont, but it was Davidson that prevailed in an 86-69 final on Saturday at Alumni Gym.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Elon's No. 177-rated squad against Western Carolina's No. 101-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Elon rates No. 21 in the country with 8.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 44 nationally with 7.58 per match.

A few Catamounts at Phoenix trends to consider:
Western Carolina is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Western Carolina's last 8 games
Western Carolina is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Elon
Western Carolina is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Elon
Elon is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Elon is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Elon's last 19 games
Elon is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Western Carolina