BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will look to snap its season-long two game losing skid this week with three games on tap. Lees-McRae will travel to rival King (Tenn.) University Wednesday before hosting Emmanuel (GA) Saturday and Erskine Monday in Banner Elk. The matchup at King is set for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off, and the two home games against the Lions and Flying Fleet are both slated for a 4 p.m. start time.
Last Time Out: Mount Olive connected on 15 three-pointers last Saturday to down the Bobcats, 88-79. The loss moves LMC's record to 8-6 overall and 2-3 in conference action.
Keep it lower than 80: In Lees-McRae's wins this season, the Bobcats are averaging 89.5 points per game compared to just 77.1 for their opponents. On the flip side, when LMC loses it is allowing on average 93.0 points per contest and score 82.0.
Lynch leading the way: Senior Lepreece Lynch has led the Bobcats in scoring this season averaging just less than 17 points per game (16.9). A major key in Lynch's success this season has been his improvement in conference games in regards to scoring. Lynch is averaging 17.8 points in five Conference Carolinas contests. Last season, Lynch averaged just 8.3 points in 20 games against conference foes.
Scoring at a historic pace: Lees-McRae currently leads the conference averaging 89.3 points per game. If the Bobcats can maintain this pace through the rest of the 2017-18 campaign, they will have shattered the current record held by the 2015-16 Bobcats who averaged 82.8 points per contest.
About the Opponents: The Tornado come into Wednesday's matchup with LMC with a 9-7 record overall and a 4-2 mark in league games. King is led by Jordan Floyd who is averaging 20.3 points per game, which ranks second in the conference.
Like Lees-McRae, Emmanuel has a high-scoring offense ranking second in the league averaging 86.9 points in 15 games. The Lion offense is a balanced one with five players averaging double figures in points. Elijah Robinson leads this group averaging a little over 17 points (17.3).
When Erskine comes to Banner Elk on Monday, it will be looking to build upon its 69-67 win at Belmont Abbey last Saturday. Austin Venable has been the Flying Fleet's top player so far averaging close to a double-double with 16.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per games. Both marks rank among the top 10 for Conference Carolinas players.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: King has won 11 of the 12 games against the Bobcats since 2012 with LMC's lone win coming in 2013. The Lions have won five of the six meetings against Lees-McRae since joining the conference in 2015. LMC's largest amount of success has come against Erskine with nine wins in 24 games since 2006. Additionally, the Bobcats have won the last three matchups between the two teams in Banner Elk.