Photo Courtesy of Dakota Hamilton
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will lift the lid on its 2017-18 season Thursday night when it takes on Georgia State in an exhibition contest at 7 p.m. from Atlanta.
About the Bobcats: Lees-McRae finished eighth in Conference Carolinas last season with a 7-13 mark in league games and an 8-21 record overall. LMC will be a veteran-laden team this season with 14 of the 16 players on its roster currently have played at least one season of collegiate basketball at the Division I, Division II, NAIA or junior college ranks.
Preseason Prediction: The Bobcats were picked to finish sixth in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll the league announced Wednesday afternoon. Seniors Donte Falls and Jordan Turner along with junior Kamil Williams were tabbed as players to watch for the Bobcats this season.
Exciting exhibitions: Lees-McRae has been close a few times over the past handful of years in upset bids of Division I programs like Georgia State in exhibition contests like the one that will occur Thursday. The Bobcats nearly upset NCAA Tournament participant East Tennessee State last season in an exhibition contest, 85-80. In 2014, the Bobcats nearly knocked off Appalachian State to begin their season, 71-69.
About Georgia State: GSU has been one of the more consistent teams in the Sun Belt over the past few seasons. The Panthers have won at least 20 games in three of the past four seasons and have made one trip to the NCAA Tournament during that time frame. The 2017-18 Panthers have already picked up a win against ACC opponent Georgia Tech, 66-58. Sophomore D'Marcus Simonds led the Panthers in that contest scoring 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting with five rebounds.