Game Day: Scouting the Elon Phoenix
Maryland (4-2) hopes to continue its winning ways Friday against Elon (2-2), its second Southern Conference opponent this season after the College of Charleston.
Located in Elon, N.C., about midway between the campuses of Duke and Wake Forest, the Elon Phoenix moved to Division I in 1999-2000 and has plenty of experience but a 34-122 record against Atlantic Coast Conference teams. Elon lost to Wake Forest, 89-70, on Nov. 20 and last beat an ACC opponent in December 2005, upsetting Clemson, 74-69.
Much like Maryland, Elons is in the throes of rebuilding, having lost 40 percent of its scoring to graduation. The Phoenix was picked by the Southern Conference media to finish in a tie for fourth in the league’s North Division.
Two Phoenix players are averaging double figures: Freshman guard Jack Isenbarger (15.8 points per game), who comes off the bench, and guard Chris Long (14.0 ppg), the lone senior in the starting lineup. Isenbarger is the team’s 3-point threat, having hit 12 through the season’s first four games. And Long is shooting 64 percent from the floor.
Elon Coach Matt Matheny, in his second year, was a two-sport athlete at Davidson College, recruited primarily to play football. Also a basketball player, he served as an assistant to basketball Coach Bob McKillop for 10 years before being named Davidson’s associate head coach in 2003. In his first season at Elon, his team posted a 9-23 record.
| November 26, 2010; 7:03 AM ET
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