Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – Riding a season-high seven-game winning streak and the program's first ever regional ranking, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will look to finish its 2017-18 regular season strongly this week as it hosts Belmont Abbey Tuesday and King on Friday. Tip-off for both games is set for 7:30 p.m.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae wrapped up its non-conference schedule last Tuesday with a 104-80 victory over Winston-Salem State at Williams Gymnasium. The win boosted LMC's record to 19-7 on the season further extending the program's all-time wins record.
Bringing Home the Hardware – LMC currently sits atop the Conference Carolinas men's basketball standings with a league record of 12-4. The Bobcats hold the tiebreaker against both King and Mount Olive who also have 12-4 records within the conference. If Lees-McRae defeats BAC and King, it will clinch the first ever conference championship in the history of Lees-McRae men's basketball.
Home Court Advantage – The Bobcats have been dominant playing in front of their loyal fan base this season. LMC is 11-1 playing on its home floor with the lone loss coming in the season opener to No. 1 Lincoln Memorial.
Scoring in a Historic Rate – Unless the high-scoring Bobcat offense is slowed up considerably over the next few games, the team will shatter the all-time scoring average record. Currently, LMC is averaging 89.3 points per contest, which trumps the current all-time record of 82.8 points which was from the 2015-16 team.
About the Opponents – Belmont Abbey and King enter this week's action on two very different ends of the spectrum. BAC has lost six straight games entering Tuesday's game and currently sit in eighth place in the league standings with a 5-12 record. On the flip side, the Tornado are tied with the Bobcats at the top of the conference with a 12-4 record.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – Lees-McRae has already defeated both Belmont Abbey and King earlier this season on their home courts. LMC rallied to down the Crusaders 116-109 in overtime, and it defeated the Tornado, 76-74.