Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will have a busy week with three Conference Carolinas contests on tap. The Bobcats will begin the week by traveling to Erskine Tuesday before returning home to take on Mount Olive Thursday and Emmanuel on Saturday. Tuesday's and Thursday's games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tip-offs, while Saturday's contest is slated to get underway at 4 p.m.
Rescheduling note – Thursday's matchup against Mount Olive is a result of rescheduling due to an earlier postponement. UMO will come to Banner Elk Thursday before the Bobcats go to Mount Olive on January 19, which was the game that was originally set to be played at Williams Gymnasium.
Promotions for this Week – Thursday night's game will be Church Night at Williams Gymnasium. Fans that bring a church bulletin will receive free admission into the game. Saturday's game, meanwhile, will be YMCA day. All kids wearing their YMCA jerseys are admitted free and will also get a free t-shirt.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae fell to Belmont Abbey Saturday afternoon by a score of 83-75. The loss pushed the Bobcats' overall record to 5-10 and 2-4 within the conference.
Steals for the sophomore – Sophomore Quay Kimble is currently tied for the conference lead with 28 steals this season. Kimble's 1.9 steals per game also pace the conference as well. In addition to his steal statistics, Kimble also leads the Bobcats in minutes played (451), three-pointers made (33) and three-point field goal percentage (44.6) in 2018-19.
About the Opponents – Erskine comes into Tuesday's matchup against the Bobcats with a 3-6 record overall and 0-3 within the conference. Mount Olive and Emmanuel, meanwhile, currently rank third and second in the league, respectively boasting 4-1 and 5-0 records in Conference Carolinas action.
Individually, the player to keep an eye on against Lees-McRae is Emmanuel's Kendrick Colvin. Colvin has filled up nearly every statistical category for the Lions this season. Colvin leads all Conference Carolinas players this season in scoring average (21.9) and rebounding average (10.4), while also ranking in the league's top 10 statistically in steals per game (4th – 1.6) and assists per game (t-7th – 3.0).
Series Histories vs. Opponents – Tuesday's and Thursday's games will be the first time that Lees-McRae will see Erskine and Mount Olive this season, respectively. The Bobcats have already seen Emmanuel this season and fell to the Lions 91-88.
Since the beginning of the 2006-07 season, Lees-McRae is 12-15 against Erskine, 7-20 versus Mount Olive and 2-7 matching up against Emmanuel.