BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will have three games scheduled around Thanksgiving this week. The Bobcats will start the week by facing Johnson C. Smith Tuesday in Charlotte before taking on both Bluefield College Friday and Bluefield State on Saturday. Tuesday's and Friday's games are set to begin at 7 p.m., while Saturday's game is scheduled to get underway at 4 p.m.
Last Time Out: LMC picked up its second win of the season last Saturday when it picked up an 87-81 victory over Voorhees College in the consolation game of the Newberry Invitational. The win evens Lees-McRae's record at 2-2 on the season.
Buckets, Buckets and more Buckets for the Bobcats: Although their record is at 2-2, the Bobcats have had no issue in scoring so far in 2017-18. LMC currently ranks second in Conference Carolinas averaging 90.8 points per game ranking behind only Emmanuel (GA) in that category (95.0). In comparison, LMC averaged 77.7 points per contest last season.
Fast Start: Lees-McRae's 2-2 start to the season is one of the best for the program over the past handful of years. The last time LMC started better than 2-2 through four games was in 2013-14 when it went 3-1 in its first four contests.
It's not free: A key in Lees-McRae's early season successes has been its improved shooting from the free throw line. Last season the Bobcats connected on just 66.4 percent of its attempts from the line. This season, however, LMC has boosted that percentage to 77.8. Leading this charge has been Lepreece Lynch who is first in the conference with 27 made free throws and is shooting 87.1 percent from the line.
About the Opponents: Johnson C. Smith has won three of its first five games in 2017-18. The Golden Bulls, however, are riding a two-game losing skid coming into Tuesday's game with LMC. Those pair of losses came against Benedict College (76-66) and No. 4 Queens University of Charlotte (74-61).
Bluefield College enters this week with a 3-1 record overall and a 2-0 mark in conference games. Like the Bobcats, the Rams have been a potent offensive team so far this season averaging 83.8 points per game in their four contests.
The Big Blues come into play this week with a perfect 2-0 record. Powering Bluefield State's attack has been a pair of 20-plus point per game scorers. Shawn Duhon is averaging 22.0 points per contest, while Korey Williams not far behind averaging 20.0 points as well.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: The Bobcats don't have a ton of prior history against their opponents this week. LMC is 1-2 all-time against Johnson C. Smith with that lone win coming last season in Banner Elk, 70-66. Lees-McRae has never faced Bluefield College, and it lost the only previous meeting against Bluefield State in 2013.