BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will open its 2017-18 regular season by hosting the Conference Carolinas/SAC Challenge this weekend at Williams Gymnasium. LMC will open play with a matchup against No. 4 Lincoln Memorial Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on Tusculum Saturday at 6 p.m.
Last Time Out: Lees-McRae fell in an exhibition contest to Georgia State last Thursday by a score of 100-64. Jordan Turner and Kamil Williams both finished in double figures for LMC with point totals of 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Preseason Pick: The Bobcats were picked to finish sixth in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll the league announced earlier this month. Turner, Williams and Donte Falls were tabbed as players to watch for LMC.
Season-Opening Stat: LMC is 1-2 in the past three season openers. The Bobcats knocked off Catawba to begin the 2014-15 season but dropped contests to Lincoln Memorial in 2015-16 and Tusculum last season.
Senior Stat: Seniors Turner and Rishad Felton currently rank in the top 10 in program history in three-point field goal percentage. Felton ranks seventh shooting .395 from beyond the arc in his Bobcat career, while Turner currently sits eighth on the list with a percentage of .390.
About the Opponents: Lincoln Memorial comes into its 2017-18 season looking to make another deep run in the NCAA Division II men's basketball tournament. In 2016-17, the Railsplitters reached the national championship game before falling to Northwest Missouri State. This year's version of LMU is already off to a good start falling by just seven points to Division I Butler University last Saturday.
Tusculum is under leadership this season as former player and assistant coach at King (Tenn.), Nick Pasqua, takes the reins of the Pioneer program. The Pioneers finished last season with a record of 12-17 overall and a 9-13 mark in SAC play.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: Lees-McRae will look to snap a pair of skids against both LMU and TC this weekend. LMC is 0-6 against Lincoln Memorial and 2-7 against Tusculum since 2007. The Bobcats last defeated the Pioneers in 2014 by a score of 78-71.