No. 4 LMU tabbed as NABC Division II Team of the Week

Published 7:52 pm Tuesday, December 19, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After three more victories, including a record-breaking performance in a win over Mars Hill, the fourth-ranked Railsplitters have been selected as the NABC Division II Team of the Week for games played Dec. 11-17.

Lincoln Memorial improved to 11-0 overall and 5-0 in South Atlantic Conference last week – reaching that mark for the fourth time in the past eight season – with three dominant league wins. The week was started and highlighted by a 156-69 win over Mars Hill on Monday night, which broke the SAC and program scoring record. In that contest, the Railsplitters also broke the SAC three-point record by going 30-for-43 from deep and authored the most lopsided win between two SAC opponents in league history.

The Railsplitters followed that up with an 88-65 win over Wingate on Wednesday and a hard-fought 98-94 win at Newberry on Saturday.

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Lincoln Memorial shot an absurd 73.4 percent in the win over Mars Hill, 56.9 percent against Wingate and 50.7 percent against Newberry. The Railsplitters also combined to bury 51 3-pointers in their three games.

Through 11 games, the Railsplitters lead the nation in scoring margin with an average margin of victory of 32.4 points. Lincoln Memorial is also third in scoring offense (101.8 ppg), first in field-goal percentage offense (56 percent) and second in field-goal percentage defense (36 percent).

The Railsplitters have also dished out the fourth-most assists per game nationally with 21.7 and have hit the second-most 3-pointers with 149. Trevon Shaw leads the nation in 3-pointers made with 64.

Lincoln Memorial will play arguably the most highly-anticipated game on the NCAA Division II men’s basketball schedule tonight when the Railsplitters face off against No. 1 nationally-ranked Northwest Missouri State at 7 p.m. in Owensboro in a rematch of the 2017 national semifinals. After that, the Railsplitters will not be back in action until traveling to Lenoir-Rhyne on Dec. 30 for a SAC matchup against the Bears.