Lees-McRae announces men's basketball schedule
by Staff Reports
BANNER ELK, N.C. --The Lees-McRae men's basketball team will face a rigorous schedule this winter by squaring off against three NCAA Division I schools and some of the top talent Conference Carolinas and the NCAA Division II have to offer, according to head coach Steve Hardin.
"Our schedule will be extremely tough with three [NCAA] Division I games and such a high caliber of [NCAA] Division II teams," Hardin said. "We have a young and totally new team this year after losing 95 percent of our overall stats from last season. Building our culture and program before Christmas will be an extreme challenge. I will put our guys through the gauntlet early on, but I feel it will make us stronger and ready for the second half of the season with our always tough conference play."
Lees-McRae will open the season on Nov. 2 when the Bobcats travel to Greensboro to take on the UNC Greensboro in a preseason exhibition. The Bobcats' first regular season game will take place a week later on Nov. 9 when they square off against perennial South Atlantic Conference power Catawba College at 8 p.m. That game will be followed by a 2 p.m. matchup with Lenoir-Rhyne on the Catawba campus the next day.
Following a Nov. 13th tilt at Brevard College, the Bobcats will continue their road trip with back-to-back games at Livingstone College and Johnson C. Smith on Nov. 15 and 16.
The Bobcats will then take the court against their closest geographical opponent in Appalachian State on Nov. 19.
Lees-McRae will host the Bobcat Classic on Nov. 22-23. Francis Marion, Bluefield State, and conference foe North Greenville will arrive at Williams Gymnasium for a two-day, four-game classic. The Bobcats will take on Francis Marion Friday night, followed by Bluefield State on Saturday afternoon to kick off their home schedule.
Following an trip to Carson-Newman College on Dec. 2, the Bobcats will open their conference slate against King University on Dec. 7 in Bristol, Tenn. The Bobcats then return home to take on NCAA Division III Emory and Henry on Dec. 10, followed by a trip to Montreat College on Dec. 13 to close out the 2013 calendar year.
Lees-McRae will open 2014 with a Jan. 3 trip to Division I High Point before resuming its conference schedule at Belmont Abbey the following day. The Bobcats then return to Williams Gymnasium for six of their next seven games, including matchups with Erskine (Jan. 8), Pfeiffer (Jan. 11), Barton (Jan. 15), North Greenville (Jan. 18), King (Jan. 25), and Limestone (Jan. 29).
After a short two-game road trip to Pfeiffer (Feb. 1) and Bluefield State (Feb. 3), the Bobcats will return home for a Feb. 6 matchup with Warren Wilson. The Bobcats then hit the road for three games, traveling to Erskine (Feb. 8), North Greenville (Feb. 12), and Barton (Feb. 15), before returning to Williams Gymnasium for a Feb. 19 tilt with Mount Olive.
Lees-McRae will celebrate senior day on Feb. 22 against Belmont Abbey before closing out the regular season with a Feb. 25 trip to Limestone.