Betting on today’s Phoenix and Gamecocks game? Catch the action at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC, as the Gamecocks hosts this showdown at 6:00 ET on SECN. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Gamecocks as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 147.5 points.
ELON PHOENIX VS SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Elon Phoenix +17.5
This game will be played at Colonial Life Arena at 6:00 ET on Friday, December 22nd.
WHY BET THE ELON PHOENIX:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-71 in favor of the Gamecocks.
- Even though we have South Carolina winning straight-up, we like Elon at +17.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 147.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Can the Phoenix Pull the Upset on the Road?
Elon is entering their 12th game of the season with a 6-5 overall record. As the visiting team, they have a 2-5 record, while they are 2-0 at home. As of now, Elon has a 5-4 record against the spread leading into today’s game. In their last ten games this season, Elon is 1-2 vs. the spread.
Elon comes in with an over/under record of 7-1-1 through 11 games, with their games averaging a combined 157.2 points per game so far. The Phoenix have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 164 points per game and an over/under record of 3-0.
In contrast to their season average of 83.8 points per game, the Elon had a below average performance. They scored 73 points against UNCG and had a field goal percentage of 37.3%. For the season, the Elon offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 48%. So far, they have hit 55% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 9.1 made three’s per contest.
Coming into today’s game, the Elon defense is giving up an average of 76.2 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Elon’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.2% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 24.9% this season.
Can South Carolina Pull Off a Home Win?
South Carolina is coming off a 68-62 victory against East Carolina, giving them a record of 10-1. In away games, the Gamecocks are 2-1, while they are 6-0 when playing at home. Prior to today’s game, South Carolina has a solid ATS record of 8-1. This includes a 3-0 ATS record on the road and a 5-1 ATS record at home.
South Carolina comes in with an over/under record of 4-5-0 through 11 games, with their games averaging a combined 139.6 points per game so far. The Gamecocks have an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 135 points per game.
The South Carolina offense is coming off a game where they scored 68 points against East Carolina. They posted a field goal percentage of 43.8% and connected on 9 threes. In terms of offense, the Gamecocks have a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, putting them 139th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 53rd in percentage and 37th in three-pointers made.
Coming into today’s game, the South Carolina defense is giving up an average of 64.6 points per contest. In today’s game, the South Carolina defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 62 points.