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Elon Vs. Maryland: Terrapins Hope To Rise Above The Phoenix

If you're still in a festive holiday mood like I am, and if you were smart enough not to wake up at 4:00 AM this morning like I was, then you should still be awake, and you should be turning your televion to Comcast SportsNet to see the Maryland Terrapins face the Elon Phoenix.

Maryland is 4-2 this season, with both of their losses coming in New York in the 2K Sports Classic. The Terrapins are fresh off a big win over Delaware State, and hope to continue their dominance over small programs tonight.

The Phoenix are just a small step above the Hornets, but according to Testudo Times, they shouldn't be much of a match for the Terps.

Elon was 9-23 last season and near the bottom of the SoCon. Three starters are among the 11 total returnees from that ground, but KenPom doesn't think they'll make a particularly large leap this year, predicting just 11 total wins.

Guards Chris Long and Drew Spradlin anchor the returnees and are joined by four newcomers. The most active of the freshmen is Jack Isenbarger, a lightly-recruited SG out of Indiana that leads the Phoenix in both points and assists; he dropped 22 on South Carolina and 29 on the College of New Jersey (note: not Rutgers). He's only combined for 12 points the past two games, but he's currently Elon's leading scorer.