The #5 North Carolina Tar Heels will host the Elon Phoenix in the Battle 4 Atlantis campus game Wednesday night from the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The Phoenix were routed 70-50 by Michigan this past weekend, and the Tar Heels tallied a 77-61 home win against Gardner-Webb in their previous action. The Tar Heels demolished Elon by a 116-67 score last season.
Elon Charged with Second Straight Loss
The Elon Phoenix opened their season with two wins against poor opponents but have since lost two straight games against Illinois, followed by a 70-50 road loss to Michigan. Marcus Sheffield II is a big threat and their top player. He has registered an average of 17.3 points on 43% shooting accompanied with 5.8 rebounds. The senior guard collected 22 points in the defeat to Michigan and 24 points in the season opener.
Simon Wright has seen a huge increase in playing time this season after logging 1.9 PPG last year. The junior forward has only scored a combined four points in his last two games and is carrying an average of 7.3 PPG and a team-leading 7.3 RPG. Hunter McIntosh stands third in team scoring with 9.8 points. The Phoenix two wins occurred against Mars Hill and Milligan who do not play in the DI.
Elon is currently placed down at 327th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings. They are going to have trouble this season as they rely heavily on Marcus Sheffield II. The Phoenix' are struggling in a big way in the offensive end, averaging only 69 points, ranking them 240th overall. They are allowing an average of 68 points, positioning them 177th in D1.
#5 Tar Heels Cruise to Three Convincing Wins
The North Carolina Tar Heels have won all three games this season quite easily. Their toughest opponent was Notre Dame in a game the Tar Heels took by a 76-65 score. North Carolina is playing outstanding defense which included a 77-61 win against Gardner-Webb in their previous action.
Watch for Cole Anthony who has lived up to his lofty expectations through the first three games of his collegiate career. The freshman point guard was a five-star recruit and is expected to go in the top 10 in the NBA draft. Anthony is already dominating, scoring at least 20 points in all three games, and he is sporting an average of 27.3 PPG on 40% shooting to go with 7.3 rebounds.
Garrison Brooke is the Tar Heels' leading returning scorer from last season. The junior forward averaged 7.9 points last season, and he is looking good, posting 11.3 PPG and a team-leading 9 RPG which included a double-double. Justin Pierce is expected to contribute after coming over in a transfer from William & Mary. The senior guard has delivered so far, averaging 10.3 points on 45% shooting in three games.
The Tar Heels lost a good portion of last year’s roster but have brought in enough talent to again be one of the top teams in the ACC and in the nation. The Tar Heels move climbed up to 7th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings and 5th in the AP Top 25. North Carolina is currently averaging 77 points, ranking them 115th overall. They are limiting opponents to 62.7 points, good for 107th in the country.
The Elon Phoenix are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the ACC.
- 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS win.
- 7-15 ATS in their last 22 non-conference games.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are as follows: The North Carolina Tar Heels are:
- 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games against the CAA.
- 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games.