BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will look to continue its stellar start to the season this week with two more games on tap. First, the Bobcats will host Eastern Nazarene College on Wednesday before heading out on the road on Saturday for their Conference Carolinas opener at Limestone College. Tip-off for both games is set for 4 p.m.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats picked up a 107-95 victory on the road at Mars Hill last Saturday. The victory moves Lees-McRae's record to 4-1 on the season.
Respect in the Rankings – Though its early, the Bobcats have gained the attention of the voters of the D2SIDA men's basketball poll. In the latest poll, the Bobcats are ranked seventh in the southeast region behind league foes Belmont Abbey and King that checked in at fifth and sixth, respectively.
National Offense – With the 107-point effort last Saturday at Mars Hill, Lees-McRae continues to be one of the most potent offenses in Division II men's basketball. As a team, the Bobcats are averaging 95.4 points per game, which ranks tenth nationally. To put this mark in perspective, the program record for scoring average in a single season is 89.5 points per game that was set by the 2017-18 team that won the conference tournament title.
About the Opponents – Eastern Nazarene is a Division III program that is coming to Banner Elk from Quincy, Massachusetts. ENC is 2-4 on the season but is coming off an 87-59 victory over Framingham State last weekend. The Lions are figured to be led by Garrett Crandall who was named the NECC Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.
Limestone, meanwhile, is off to a slow start this season as it enters this week's action with a record of 1-6. A player Lees-McRae will have to watch out for on Saturday is Rudy Bibb-Boyd who is averaging a team-best 17.6 points per game for the Saints.
Series Rewind vs. Opponents – Wednesday's game against ENC will be the first ever meeting between the two programs. As for the series against Limestone, the Bobcats are 14-36 all-time against the Saints. Lees-McRae, which lost both games to the Saints last season, will look to snap a sizeable losing skid in Gaffney as LMC's last win there came on January 5, 2012.