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This is my favorite young guitarist.

Mike Matheny had built the Elon program. In fact by my power ratings, they got better each and every year under his guidance for eight straight years. Then two years ago, with nearly his entire team back, Elon imploded. With little returning last year, Elon imploded again. Good bye Mike Matheny. Welcome, Mike Schrage, most recently an assistant at Ohio State. Thus far, it looks like a good hire.

Things started poorly for Schrage when returning point guard Nathan Priddy did not return. Schrage has one senior on his roster, graduate transfer Marcus Sheffield from Stanford. He starts three freshman. Not surprisingly, the start of the season was difficult. However, since conference began, Elon has shown flashes of potential.

The Phoenix opened with a narrow loss to first place William and Mary, then were down just one to Northeastern late in the game. That big effort and Hofstra’s anger coming off a beating led to an expected blow out on Long Island. Then Elon returned home and took College of Charleston to the wire.  More recently, the three freshman, Zac Ervin, Hunter Mcintosh and Hunter Woods all had big games and they blew out hapless UNCW.

It seems that Schrage found some solid recruits late in the process. The future looks good in Elon. Indeed the Phoenix are Rising.

Drexel’s up and down year continued last week. After being blown out at Towson, they won at James Madison. Drexel is about a 7 point fave in this one, but last time they were expected to win, they were life and death with UNCW.

Drexel is young. Young teams often play to the level of their opponents. With Elon’s frosh rapidly improving, Drexel had better be careful not to be complacent. They could finish fourth in the Colonial which would be massive for the program, if they continue to rise. Caoch Spiker must let them know the importance of this game. Unfortunately, the UNCW game sticks in my mind.

Elon 76 Drexel 74

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