The Elon Phoenix (9-17, 5-8 CAA) look to put an end to the six-game winning streak of Delaware when they welcome the Fightin’ Blue Hens (18-7, 8-4 CAA) to Schar Center. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens at Elon Phoenix ATS Preview
The last time the Fightin’ Blue Hens played, they barely escaped the James Madison Dukes, 80-78. With 18 points and 14 rebounds, Justyn Mutts put together a good performance for Delaware. Delaware played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.421 (above their season average of 0.226) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 23.2). James Madison was 0.238 and 31.4, respectively, for those same stats.
The Phoenix come in on a high note after defeating the Charleston Cougars in their last contest, 72-65. Elon rallied around Marcus Sheffield II, who was the game’s leading scorer with 31 points on 8-for-19 shooting. Elon dominated every stat category in the game. They had a fantastically low turnover percentage of 8.4 (better than their season average of 16.1) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 23.3). Charleston put up marks of 11.3 and 25.7, respectively, for those same stats.
Delaware could have a tough time creating turnovers. Elon ranks 76th in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.8 percent), while Delaware forces the 42nd-fewest turnovers (17.1 percent). Additionally, the Fightin’ Blue Hens rank 20th in effective field goal percentage (0.550), whereas the porous defense of the Phoenix ranks 256th with an effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.508.
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Fightin’ Blue Hens, it’s been Nate Darling, who has averaged 25 points, while the Phoenix have gotten great contributions from Sheffield II (23 points,6.4 rebounds).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Fightin’ Blue Hens won 79-78. Delaware was lights out from beyond the arc (13-28; 46.4 percent). Elon, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (9.7 vs. 20.0). Mutts had a standout performance in the victory, putting up 17 points and five rebounds.
Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens vs. Elon Phoenix ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Delaware, ATS Winner – Delaware, O/U – Over
The Phoenix average 13.1 assists per game, which ranks 145th in the country. The Fightin’ Blue Hens rank 151st in assists allowed per game (12.8).
Elon averages 27.4 three pointers per game, which ranks 22nd in the nation. Delaware ranks 204th in three pointers allowed per game (23.0).
The Fightin’ Blue Hens rank 11th in blocks allowed per game (2.2) while the Phoenix rank 81st (3.1).
Delaware ranks 195th in steals per game (5.5) while Elon ranks 232nd (4.8).
The Phoenix have outscored opponents by an average of 0.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Elon has been defeated by an average of 3.3 points.
During their last five games, the Fightin’ Blue Hens have scored an average of 78.6 points per game (3.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 74.6 points per game (4.1 above their season average).