Elon takes on Delaware in CAA action on Saturday afternoon at 2pmET from Newark.
Elon is 1-5 in the CAA, which places them tied for ninth place, while the Blue Hens are a disappointing 2-4.
Last season, the Phoenix edged the Blue Hens at home by one, while Delaware beat them at home by 12.
So much for momentumElon destroyed UNCW 80-63 last Saturday and the loss was so damaging for the Seahawks, that they fired head coach C.B. McGrath. Instead of taking that home win, which halted a six-game losing streak, and beginning something special, Elon went back to losing. They were crushed on Thursday night by an improved Drexel team 63-41.
This happened despite the fact that Elon led by one at the half, but was outscored 43-20 in the second half by the Dragons. The Phoenix shot a pathetic 31% from the field and 4-of-24 from beyond the arc. Hunter McIntosh led Elon with 12 points and eight rebounds.
KenPom has Elon ranked at 318th and is 308th in adjusted defensive efficiency. Marcus Sheffield leads the Phoenix with 16.7 points per game on 41% shooting and 36.6% from long range.
If Elon has a strength, it's their three-point shooting (36.3%), despite the fact that they struggled against Elon. Defensively, they allow 71.7 points per game on 43.4% shooting (34.2% 3pt). They are also getting outrebounded by 2.6 per game.
Delaware's struggles continueDelaware lost at Towson by 16 last Saturday and they were hoping to bounce back on Thursday at home. However, they had to face the hottest team in the CAA in William & Mary. The Blue Hens fell down by six at the half (39-33) and just couldn't get over the hump in a 77-68 loss. Most teams have struggled against the Tribe's size and Delaware was no different. They did a decent job against 7-foot Andy Van Vliet, holding him to eight points on 2-of-9 shooting, but he did grab 11 boards. But 6-10 Nathan Knight thrived with 25 points and 14 rebounds (11-12 FT).
Overall, Delaware did a solid job defensively, holding William & Mary to just 41% shooting, but they made 20 of 23 free throws (87%) and 9-of-24 (38%) from long range. On the other end, Kevin Anderson led the Hens with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting, while Ryan Allen added 17. Delaware shot 44% from the field (11-26 3pt), but they turned the ball over 15 times, went to the line just 11 times and was outrebounded 35-29.
Delaware needs to get more production from their post players. Justyn Mutts (6-7, 220) fouled out in 24 minutes with no points against the Tribe. Dylan Painter (6-10, 240) and Colin Goss (6-11, 230). Mutts averages 11.7 points and 8.6 rebounds, while Goss adds 7.5 points and 5.9 rebounds. Painter adds 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, but they weren't able to match Knight and Van Vliet on Thursday night. They could have their way against Elon's smaller frontcourt.
The Hens are averaging 73.5 points per game on 47.5% shooting (36.3% 3pt), so offense is not the issue. It's on the defensive end where they rank 232 in adjusted defensive efficiency according to KenPom.
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