College Basketball Nation: Elon Phoenix

Video: Duke 76, Elon 54

December, 20, 2012
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Mason Plumlee scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as No. 1 Duke won for the second night in a row, beating Elon 76-54.

ESPN.com's Southern Conference preview

November, 1, 2012
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Before we get to the Blue Ribbon team-by-team previews for the Southern Conference, read Robbi Pickeral's profile of young UNCG coach Wes Miller and Myron Medcalf's breakdown of Davidson's nonconference schedule. And here is Eamonn Brennan's quick wind sprint through the league:



Here are Blue Ribbon's in-depth previews of all 12 SoCon teams: Insider

Appalachian State
Chattanooga
The Citadel Insider Free College of Charleston
Davidson
Elon
Furman
Georgia Southern
Samford
UNC Greensboro
Western Carolina
Wofford

Rapid Reaction: UNC 100, Elon 62

December, 29, 2011
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- A quick look at No. 5/6 North Carolina’s 100-62 victory over Elon at the Smith Center on Thursday night:

What it means: The Tar Heels have now won 25 straight at the Smith Center, tying the all-time record for consecutive victories at that arena, previously set from 1992-94. A win against Monmouth on Sunday would give these Tar Heels the record outright in the 26-year-old building.

How it happened: UNC was leading 18-14 with 11:16 left in the first half when it pulled away with a 23-0 run. Elon didn’t score again until there were three minutes left in the half, when Sebastian Koch made a layup, but the Phoenix missed 14 consecutive shots while the Tar Heels – who couldn’t seem to connect on anything outside the paint early – started hitting from the outside, getting a jumper from Harrison Barnes, two 3-pointers from Kendall Marshall and a 3 from P.J. Hairston.

The Tar Heels led 53-19 at halftime, and it was just a matter of how long it would be before the UNC walk-ons checked in after that. Before they finally did – with 3 minutes, 5 seconds left – senior forward Tyler Zeller recorded his fourth consecutive game with double-digit rebounds (13, to go along with 19 points), junior John Henson added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Barnes chipped in 18 points and a career-high 5 assists.

Number to know: The Tar Heels’ 23-0 first half run was their largest since a 25-0 breakaway against N.C. State at the Smith Center on Jan. 12, 2008.

Hubbub: Apparently, Barnes was suffering from a stomach bug entering the game. But he didn’t look like it. The sophomore forward started, had 10 points by halftime, and still looked perfectly well – thank you very much – on a drive-and-jam with about 13 minutes left to play. And on a gliding dunk with less than 10 minutes left to play. And pretty much the rest of the time he was out there.

What’s next: North Carolina will face Monmouth on Sunday at the Smith Center for its final non-conference tune-up before ACC play begins. Elon will play Georgia Southern on Jan. 5.

Follow Robbi Pickeral on Twitter at @bylinerp.

ESPN.com's SoCon preview

October, 25, 2011
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Before we get to the Blue Ribbon team-by-team previews for the Southern Conference, here is Eamonn Brennan's one-minute wind sprint through the league:



Blue Ribbon breakdowns of all 12 teams in the SoCon:

Appalachian State
Chattanooga
The Citadel InsiderFree
Charleston
Davidson
Elon
Furman
Georgia Southern
Samford
UNC-Greensboro
Western Carolina
Wofford

More Southern content:

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