North Carolina at Elon College Basketball Picks & Predictions 11/9/2018
Friday, November 9, 2018
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The North Carolina Tar Heels travel to Alumni Gym to play the Elon Phoenix on Friday, November 9, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has North Carolina as 18.5 point favorites.
North Carolina heads into this matchup after finishing last year with a mark of 22-9. They had a point differential of 8.3 as they averaged 81.6 points per contest while giving up 73.3 per game. Elon had an overall record of 14-17 last season. They averaged 73.3 points per game and surrendered 76.2, good for a point differential of -2.8.
Valuable North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Trends
The North Carolina Tar Heels were 19-16-1 against the spread last season
The North Carolina Tar Heels were 18-12-0 against the over/under last year
Important Elon Phoenix Betting Trends
The Elon Phoenix were 9-20-0 against the spread last season
The Elon Phoenix were 15-12-1 against the over/under last year
Key North Carolina Tar Heels Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Elon Phoenix Injuries
No key injuries to report
Luke Maye averaged 16.9 points per game in 32.2 minutes per contest last season. He averaged 2.4 assists per contest and 10.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage was 49% for the year while his free throw percentage was 62%. Cameron Johnson comes into this contest after averaging 12.4 points per game while playing 29.3 minutes per night last season. He pulled down 4.7 rebounds per game and dished out 2.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 49% while his free throw percentage was at 85%.
Dainan Swoope averaged 12.0 points per game last season and he saw the court an average of 33.3 minutes per contest. He also averaged 3.1 rebounds per contest and 3.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 34% and his free throw percentage was 82%. Tyler Seibring averaged 15.4 points per game while playing 34.1 minutes per contest last year. He grabbed 6.8 rebounds per game and had 2.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage was 49% and his free throw percentage finished at 71%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Tar Heels allowed 73.3 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 198th in Division 1. They also allowed a 42% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc, ranking them 73rd and 321st in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 32.9 rebounds a game which ranked 75th, and they gave up 14.6 assists per contest which put them in 275th place in the nation. They forced 11.7 turnovers per game which ranked them 71st in the country. North Carolina averaged 81.6 points per contest last season, which ranked them 28th in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin was 8.3 and their shooting percentage was 46% as a team, which had them ranked 124th. Behind the arc they shot 36% which was good for 117th in D-1. They averaged 42.4 rebounds per game and 18.2 assists per game, which ranked them 1st and 5th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 252nd with 12.1 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Phoenix surrendered 76.2 points per contest, which ranked them 273rd in the nation. Their defense allowed a 44% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 168th and 283rd in those defensive statistics. They ranked 160th with 13.1 assists allowed per contest, and 315th with 38.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Phoenix were 9th in the NCAA in forcing turnovers with 10.2 per game last season. Elon was 184th in the country with 73.3 points per game last year. They were 212th in Division 1 in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin was -2.8. They shot 35% from 3-point range, which was good for 180th in D-1. They were 165th in the nation in rebounding with 35.6 boards per game and 41st in assists per contest with 15.8. The Phoenix were 288th in turnovers per game with 11.7.
The Tar Heels had an offensive rating of 113.3, which was ranked 21st. They were 72nd in college basketball in pace with 71.7 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% was 136th. As a unit they were 134th in the nation in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 241st in D-1. North Carolina was 314th in turnovers, as they turned the ball over an average of 14 times per 100 possessions.
Elon was 269th in college basketball in turnovers, as they turned the ball over an average of 14.9 times per 100 possessions. The Phoenix were 178th in the country in offensive rating with 104.5. In terms of pace they were 251st in Division 1 with 68 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% was 104th. As a team they were 144th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shot 3-pointers on 50% of their shots, ranking 4th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's North Carolina/Elon college basketball game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Elon +18.5
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