ELON, N.C. – The Elon University men’s basketball team heads to Beantown on Thursday, Jan. 26, to begin its first two-game Colonial Athletic Association weekend road swing of the season against the Northeastern Huskies. The matchup inside Matthews Arena will tip off at 7 p.m.
Watch the action exclusively on CAA.TV. You can also listen to the action on the Elon IMG Sports Network on 104.5 FM, 1200 AM or on the TuneIn app. Taylor Durham and Ryan Meizinger will have the call from the Convocation Center and the pregame show begins at 6:30 p.m.
• Thursday will be the fifth all-time meeting between the Elon Phoenix and Northeastern Huskies and the third time the sides have met in Matthews Arena. This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.
• The Phoenix and Huskies split the season series last year with the road team winning each contest.
• The last time both teams played each other in Matthews Arena, the Phoenix came back from a 15-point deficit to defeat the Huskies 71-67 on Jan. 30, 2016.
• Northeastern defeated Elon inside Alumni Gym last season on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2015, with an 86-79 victory.
• Only once in the series has a winning team won by double-digits. That was in the first-ever matchup on Jan. 31, 2015.
• The Phoenix seeks its first Colonial Athletic Association road victory of the season as Elon is 0-3 in road contests thus far.
• Elon won three straight conference game at home by 10+ points from Jan. 7-19, the first time the Phoenix has done so in the program’s Division I era (since 1999-00).
• Tyler Seibring leads the team in scoring with 14.0 ppg. He is averaging 20.8 ppg over the last four games.
• Elon is 8-3 overall this season when leading at halftime, 8-4 when outrebounding its opponents, and 6-1 when holding foes to under 40% shooting from the field.
• The maroon and gold has won four of its last five games. Elon is outscoring its opponents by a combined 56 points in its last four wins.
SEIBRING EARNS CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• Tyler Seibring earned CAA Co-Player of the Week honors on Jan. 23 after averaging a team-high 22.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 asssits and 2.5 blocks in victories over Drexel (1/19) and William & Mary (1/21). He shared the honor with Hofstra’s Justin Wright-Foreman.
• The Normal, Ill. native scored a career-high 25 points, grabbed seven rebounds and six assists in the 93-73 victory over Drexel. He followed that performance with 19 points, six rebounds, and a career-high tying three blocks against William & Mary.
• He also shot 51.9% from the floor, including a 7-for-11 mark behind the arc.
FREE THROW SUCCESS
• In conference games only, Elon is first in the league shooting 78.1% from the line through eight games. Elon has made above 80% of its free throws in three of the last five games.
• The Phoenix had its best shooting performance from the line on Thursday, Jan. 19, against Drexel, finishing 25-of-28 (89.3%) from the stripe.
346 AND COUNTING
• The Elon men’s basketball program has made at least one three-point field goal in 346 consecutive games (not including exhibition games). The last time Elon did not make a three in a game was Jan. 30, 2006, at Georgia Southern when the team went 0-of-14 from deep.
• Elon is currently averaging 10.1 triples per game, which is first in the CAA and 11th in the NCAA. The Phoenix averaged 9.5 made three pointers a game last season.
LUKE EDDY MILESTONE
• Senior point guard Luke Eddy reached 200 assists in his career with three against South Florida on Nov. 17. He currently sits at 261 for his career. He is currently 15 assists away from moving into the top-10 in program history. Tony Chavis ’89 is 10th all-time with 275 career assists.
HEAD COACH MATT MATHNEY
• Head coach Matt Matheny won his 116th game at Elon on Wednesday, Dec. 28, against Central Penn. With the win, he passed Robert “Bob” Burton (1986-93) for the fourth most in program history.
• Matheny currently has 120 career victories and is four wins away from passing D.C. “Peahead” Walker (1927-1937) and moving into third all-time.
• The Huskies are currently experiencing a three-game losing streak after starting CAA play with a 5-0 mark. Northeastern’s eight losses this season have come by a combined 36 points with its first four losses coming within four-points or fewer.
• Northeastern fell in a tough game against Hofstra on Saturday night, 78-73.
• The Huskies have been efficient from the field this season as they are second in the league in shooting percentage (.497) and are first in the conference in three point shooting percentage (.399).
• T.J. Williams put up 25 points, his 13th 20-point game and sixth 25+ point outing of the season. He currently leads the CAA in scoring averaging 21.9 points per game.
• Williams extended his streak of at least 16-points in every game this season with his performance against the Pride.
• Graduate transfer Alex Murphy is averaging 14.5 points a game this season and has scored 18+ in eight games this season.
• Northeastern pulled off big upsets in non-conference action with road victories at Michigan State and UConn.
Elon will face Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y. for at 4 p.m. contest on Saturday afternoon.