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BANNER ELK, N.C. – Needing just one more victory to break the program's single season wins record, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will look to make some history this week when it travels to Southern Wesleyan on Tuesday before hosting North Greenville on Saturday. Tuesday's game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday's game will begin at 4 p.m.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats picked up their fourth straight win Saturday with a 67-64 victory at Erskine. LMC, which trailed for 33 of the 40 minutes of that game, is now 16-7 overall and 10-4 in conference action.
Top of the Mountain in Sight – Coupled with a Bobcat victory Saturday and a loss by Mount Olive, Lees-McRae sits just one game out of first place in the Conference Carolinas standings with four league games to go. LMC still has games against SWU, NGU, Belmont Abbey and King, while UMO has matchups against Belmont Abbey, Limestone, Emmanuel (GA) and Barton.
National Leader – No team in NCAA Division II men's basketball has made more free throws than the Bobcats have in 2017-18. LMC's free throw total currently sits at 461, which is already the fifth-most of any Bobcat team in school history. Lees-McRae needs just 107 more makes from the line to break the current program record of 566 makes by the 2013-14 Bobcats.
Regionally Recognized – It was announced last Wednesday that the Bobcats were ranked No. 7 in the latest D2SIDA Men's Basketball Southeast Regional Poll. The first official NCAA regional rankings will be released on February 14.
About the Opponents – The Warriors have struggled in 2017-18 posting a record of 2-20 overall and 1-12 in conference play. Justice McCollugh paces SWU averaging a double-double of 11.6 points and 11.9 rebounds per game, while Dj Dobson is the team's leading scorer averaging 15.6 points per game.
NGU is coming off a huge road win over conference leader Mount Olive last Saturday, 70-61. The win boosted NGU's record to 9-12 overall and 5-7 in league play. Like the Bobcats, the Crusaders currently have four players averaging 10 or more points per game. Pacing this group of players for North Greenville is Daniel Burchette, who is averaging a little under 17 points per contest.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – Historically, the Bobcats have fared well against both Southern Wesleyan and North Greenville. Lees-McRae has already defeated both teams this season in defeating SWU, 93-80, and knocking off NGU, 74-63. Against the Warriors, LMC is 6-1 all-time, while its record against the Crusaders sits at 10-7 in 17 meetings.