Charleston Classic , TD Arena, Charleston, South Carolina; Thursday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Elon and West Virginia will meet in the Charleston Classic. West Virginia earned a 74-59 win over Pittsburgh on Friday, while Elon walked away with an 89-72 win against Bluefield College on Sunday.
LEADING THE WAY: The versatile Taz Sherman has averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals to lead the charge for the Mountaineers. Complementing Sherman is Jalen Bridges, who is putting up 12.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and three blocks per game. The Phoenix have been led by Zac Ervin, who is averaging 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds.EFFICIENT ERVIN: Ervin has connected on 48 percent of the 25 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 12 for 25 over the last three games. He’s also made 100 percent of his free throws this season.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: The disruptive West Virginia defense has forced opponents to turn the ball over on 41.2 percent of all possessions, the best rate among Division I teams. Elon has a forced-turnover percentage of only 15.3 percent through three games (ranking the Phoenix 312th).
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