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1. W&M (4-0): # 55 RPI
2. NU (3-1): # 111
Elon (3-1): # 64
4. Towson (2-2): # 78
Hofstra (2-2): # 96
Charleston (2-2): # 134
Delaware (2-2): # 240
8. UNCW (1-3): # 330
Drexel (1-3): # 245
10. JMU (0-4): # 310


Efficiency Ratings (kenpom.com)

Elon

Adjusted Offense: # 134
Adjusted Defense: # 218
Overall: # 173

UNCW

Adjusted Offense: # 186
Adjusted Defense: # 339
Overall: # 294


Elon Projected Starters

PG Dainan Swoope (Jr.): 14.1 ppg. 3.5 apg, 1.6 A/TO Ratio
SG Dmitri Thompson (Sr.): 11.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, .435 3-Pt %
G Steven Santa Ana (Jr.): 9.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.1 apg
F Tyler Seibring (Jr.): 13.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, .438 3-pt %
F Brian Dawkins (R-Sr.): 11.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, .479 FG %


Elon came off a fairly strong non-conference slate, going 6-4 against D-I opponents, and hit the ground running in CAA play, with their only loss coming against Northeastern on the road. The Phoenix gave the Seahawks problems during the Keatts era, and now that they are on the opposite end of the pecking order in the CAA, expect this to be a rough game on the road.

Elon are a veteran squad that plays very well together, particularly when it comes to ball movement. Elon averages 15.7 assists per contest, 2nd in the league only to 4-0 William & Mary (18.7). This at least partly explains why Elon is the 3rd best three-point shooting team in the league (.360). And despite playing at a fast pace (59.5 shots per game, 3rd in the league), the Phoenix are 4th in the league in scoring defense (72.8 ppg allowed).

The one area where Elon is exploitable is in the turnover department; this is typically where the Seahawks thrived against Elon since they entered the league. However, while Elon is 9th in turnover margin (-1.94), UNCW is worse (-2.56). So unless Coach McGrath's squad shows significant improvement in that department, it can't be expected that this will be the matchup where Elon gets exposed.
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I can't even....
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We are a 9 point Dog currently
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Matt Matheny is a Bob McKilop disciple... And we all know what Davidson did to us in the first game. I would be utterly impressed if we keep it within double digits. Regardless, I will be watching. WINGS UP!
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(01-10-2018 04:22 PM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  We are a 9 point Dog currently

Wow, Im surprised thats it. Only way we have a chance is if Elon has a bad night shooting the 3.
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(01-10-2018 07:18 PM)Seahawk2010 Wrote:  
(01-10-2018 04:22 PM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  We are a 9 point Dog currently

Wow, Im surprised thats it. Only way we have a chance is if Elon has a bad night shooting the 3.
I thought it may have just been early line, but I checked again and it's still 9-10 today.
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Going to be a tough game. Elon's home gym has never kind to us
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(01-11-2018 09:17 AM)solohawks Wrote:  Going to be a tough game. Elon's home gym has never kind to us

Looking forward to their new gym. Playing D1 ball in a glorified Rec league gym is a travesty. I went a few years ago when they ruined our first place finish.
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(01-11-2018 09:19 AM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  
(01-11-2018 09:17 AM)solohawks Wrote:  Going to be a tough game. Elon's home gym has never kind to us

Looking forward to their new gym. Playing D1 ball in a glorified Rec league gym is a travesty. I went a few years ago when they ruined our first place finish.

you're not kidding. They are a quality school and program so I hope the new arena is finished sooner than later.
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(01-11-2018 09:19 AM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  Looking forward to their new gym. Playing D1 ball in a glorified Rec league gym is a travesty. I went a few years ago when they ruined our first place finish.

That sucked. Would have been NIT, NCAA, NCAA rather than CIT, NCAA, NCAA.
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(01-11-2018 10:50 AM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  
(01-11-2018 09:19 AM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  Looking forward to their new gym. Playing D1 ball in a glorified Rec league gym is a travesty. I went a few years ago when they ruined our first place finish.

That sucked. Would have been NIT, NCAA, NCAA rather than CIT, NCAA, NCAA.

Yup. I remember you were there too,(with your pops?) I was the lone Seahawk fan in my section, i had some fun.
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(01-11-2018 10:54 AM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  Yup. I remember you were there too,(with your pops?) I was the lone Seahawk fan in my section, i had some fun.

Yep, we were stuck up there in the painter's scaffolding, with a mostly obstructed view of an entire end of the court.

The place has carpeting. CARPETING! With ushers! Great place to watch a Shakespeare play. Awful place to watch a basketball game.
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Seahawks Visit Alumni Gym For Final Time

WILMINGTON, North Carolina - When the UNCW men's basketball team plays its third conference road game of the season on Thursday night in Elon, it will mark the club's final appearance at 68-year-old Alumni Gym and Head Coach C.B. McGrath's first visit to the CAA's smallest arena.

The Seahawks, 4-12 overall and 1-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association, take on surging Elon at 7 p.m. The Phoenix, 11-6 and 3-1 in the CAA, have won four of their last five games after being picked to finish third in the 10-team circuit.

"We have great energy and activity every day in practice but for some reason, in the game, we get wide-eyed," said McGrath before Wednesday's afternoon practice. ""There's no frustration on the court…they're all trying to learn and are doing what we ask them to do.

"Offensively, we like what we're doing with getting open looks. We need the shots to go in that haven't. Defensively, we need to have the mentality that we're going to get stops, whether that's the second possession, eighth possession or last possession."

"Other teams have taken quite a few 'L's' over the last few years. People are coming in trying to get a win and they're not feeling sorry for us."

UNCW completes a three-game CAA road swing after dropping a pair of outings last weekend at Towson (89-71) and Delaware (96-76). The Seahawks are still looking for their first victory away from the Port City after losses in six true road games and four neutral site contests.

The Seahawks are tied with Drexel for eighth place in the CAA at 1-3. Elon is tied for second place with Northeastern at 3-1.

It will be the 18th meeting between the two schools, but just the seventh as CAA opponents. UNCW owns a slim 9-8 advantage in the series and has claimed four of the last six matchups between the two teams since Elon joined the conference in the 2014-15 season. The Seahawks own a 3-5 mark against the Phoenix at Alumni Gym, which opened in 1949.

Elon enters the contest with a perfect 6-0 home ledger. The Phoenix downed Hofstra, 89-76, on the road last Sunday after falling at Northeastern in the first leg of a two-game CAA road trip. The Phoenix have already played three overtime games in 2017-18, going three extra periods vs. FIU on Nov. 17, 2017, at the Black & Gold Shootout in Milwaukee, Wisc.

McGrath said: "I really don't know much about Elon because I've been working on our team since I got back. I know they make three's. They have five guys who are almost averaging double figures. They have guys who have been through it all. Coach Matheny has been there a long time and worked with Coach (Bob) McKillop at Davidson. They run a lot of similar stuff with nice movement and actions to get open looks from three. People know they're going to shoot three's. They do a great job of running their stuff."

In the last game played between the Seahawks and Phoenix at Alumni Gym, Elon rallied from eight points down at halftime by holding visiting UNCW to 38.2 percent in the second half to escape with a 77-76 victory on Feb. 11, 2017, and hand Matheny a win on his 47th birthday. Brian Dawkins anchored five players in double figures for the Phoenix with 24 points. Tyler Seibring chipped in 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Jordon Talley came off the bench to collect 20 points for UNCW.

The Seahawks have faced Matheny seven times. UNCW stands 5-2 against the Phoenix skipper, averaging 79.2 ppg against the former Davidson hoops player.

The contest is the seventh of eight games for the Seahawks vs. North Carolina opponents this season and the Seahawks stand 3-3 this year vs state foes. UNCW has met Campbell, Davidson, East Carolina, Elon (twice), Greensboro, UNC Greensboro and N.C. Wesleyan. In its last game vs. a North Carolina opponent, UNCW blasted NCAA Division III Greensboro College, 101-60, in the first outing after the Christmas break on Dec. 28, 2017.

Junior forward Devontae Cacok of UNCW leads all NCAA Division I players in rebounds per game (13.0) and ranks second in total rebounds (208). He also stands third in offensive rebounds per game (4.63), and ranks fourth in defensive rebounds per game (8.38). The Riverdale, Ga., product also stands second in double-doubles (12).

Following Thursday's matchup with the Phoenix, the Seahawks return home to entertain Northeastern on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Trask Coliseum. It will be the first pairing of the season with the Huskies.

Live Seahawk Digital Network (SDN) coverage of the UNCW-Elon contest begins at 6:45 p.m. with Mike Vaccaro, the "Voice of the Seahawks," calling the action. Visit UNCWsports.com/SDN for live audio coverage. In addition, a radio broadcast of the game may be heard on "The Ticket" 95.9 FM and WKXB (99.9 FM-HD3).
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Let's face it. If we went 1-2 at Alumni Gym under Keatts....it's gonna be real tough for us to be competitive tonight. I hope I'm wrong!
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(01-11-2018 03:22 PM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  Let's face it. If we went 1-2 at Alumni Gym under Keatts....it's gonna be real tough for us to be competitive tonight. I hope I'm wrong!

Yep, I'm just looking for the small positives tonight.
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Word is McGrath had several practices on just defense. Let's see if it plays out on the court.
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(01-11-2018 04:58 PM)82hawk Wrote:  Word is McGrath had several practices on just defense. Let's see if it plays out on the court.

I like it. Hope it does. It seems unrealistic to be EXPECTING a win tonight, but anything is possible. We have a talented group, and I just want to see some more positive direction regardless. There have been a few bright spots this season and this team has the necessary talent. Just get out there and play the game.
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I am not sure any team will win at Elon this season. Therefore, play loose and reckless and see what happens. As bad as things have been, you guys are one good performance from being right back in it. A win tonight might be the only one a road team gets in that gym all season. Elon is good, but Cacok could get 35.
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(01-11-2018 04:57 PM)CG_Hawk06 Wrote:  
(01-11-2018 03:22 PM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  Let's face it. If we went 1-2 at Alumni Gym under Keatts....it's gonna be real tough for us to be competitive tonight. I hope I'm wrong!

Yep, I'm just looking for the small positives tonight.

Was there anywhere he had a worse road record???
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(01-11-2018 05:58 PM)TribePride91 Wrote:  Was there anywhere he had a worse road record???

Not that I'm aware of. I don't think he went 0-3 on the road against any CAA team.
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