Elon (4-2) at Georgia Southern (2-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 28, 7 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hanner Fieldhouse (4,358) -- Statesboro, Georgia. Television: None. Home Record: Elon 3-0, GSU 1-0. Away Record: Elon 1-2, GSU 1-3. Neutral Record: Elon 0-0, GSU 0-0. Conference Record: Elon 0-0, GSU 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 9-9.
GAME NOTES: Southern Conference play kicks off tonight for the Georgia Southern Eagles and Elon Phoenix, as the two are set to square off at Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro.
Elon enters conference play looking to get back into the win column after having a four-game win streak snapped at VMI this past Saturday, 90-81. This contest concludes a three-game road trip for the Phoenix. Following this tilt, they'll return home to host College of Charleston and Dartmouth before breaking for final exams.
Meanwhile, Georgia Southern is looking to climb to .500 after having a two- game win streak snapped at Maryland on Saturday, 70-53. The Eagles opened their season by playing four of their first five games outside of Statesboro, winning only one of those road contests. After tonight's game, the Eagles will pack their bags once again to face Samford in Birmingham on Saturday.
The all-time series between these two schools is tied at 9-9. The teams split two meetings last season, although Elon claimed a 65-58 win over the Eagles in the quarterfinal round of the SoCon Tournament.
Elon's Lucas Troutman is the current SoCon Player of the Week. The junior forward led all scorers with 17 points in a road win at South Carolina, then he tallied 16 points and eight rebounds three days later at VMI. Through six games, leads the Southern Conference with 2.8 blocks per game while he ranks ninth in the league in scoring (14.8 ppg) and 11th in rebounding (6.2 rpg). Troutman shares the team scoring lead with guard Jack Isenbarger, who has knocked down 17-of-43 3-pointers (.395). Austin Hamilton (10.5 ppg) and Ryley Beaumont (10.0 ppg) round out the team's double-digit scorers. However, after leading VMI by three at halftime of Saturday's matchup, the Phoenix went ice- cold in the second stanza, knocking down only 2-of-17 threes. Isenbarger paced four Elon players in double figures with 25 points in a losing effort.
Georgia Southern took the fight to Maryland on Saturday night, trailing the Terrapins by only three points at halftime. However, the Terps pulled away in the second stanza behind a 58.6 percent shooting effort on their home floor over the game's final 20 minutes. GSU, on the other hand, never really got going on the offensive and shot just 33.3 percent for the game. The Eagles were also outrebounded, 49-25. C.J. Reed scored a team-high 15 points in the loss, while Eric Ferguson added 13 points, and Tre Bussey finished with 11. Rebounding has been a problem area for the Eagles so far this season, as they are -6.8 in rebounding margin and are tallying only 61.8 ppg (-4.4). Ferguson leads the way with 14.4 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Cleon Roberts (11.0 ppg) and Bussey (10.2 ppg) are also averaging double figures for GSU.
Both of these teams figure to come out hungry after a loss. For the Eagles, they'll be particularly eager to play on their home floor after so much travel over the season's first few weeks.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia Southern 67, Elon 63
11/28 10:34:25 ET