KANSAS CITY, MO -- With the regular season in the books, the Lincoln Memorial University men's basketball team moved one spot to No. 11 in the most recent NABC/Division II Coaches Poll, which was unveiled late Tuesday afternoon. By claiming a spot in the poll, the Railsplitters extended their current South Atlantic Conference record streak to 41-consecutive weeks ranked nationally.
Lincoln Memorial (22-4, 15-3 SAC) moved from 12th to 11th in the poll after capping the regular season with a pair of league victories this past week. The Railsplitters opened the week by grinding out a 63-60 win over the Wingate Bulldogs on Wednesday evening before concluding with a decisive 82-65 victory over the Catawba Indians on Saturday. With the win over the Indians, the 'Splitters sealed the outright 2012-13 South Atlantic Conference regular season championship by finishing one game ahead of Anderson and Wingate for the top spot.
By capturing the regular season title, the Railsplitters garnered their second SAC regular season crown over the past three seasons, as LMU earned both the regular season and tournament championships in the 2010-11 campaign. Over the past four seasons, the Josh Schertz-led Railsplitters have been in the midst of an historic run, as they have compiled a 95-22 record over that stretch with four-consecutive 20-win seasons to their credit. The Railsplitters broke into the NABC national poll for the first time in program history on December 8th of 2010 and, since that time, they have not be absent from the rankings, amassing 41-consecutive weeks among the top-25.
By virtue of the Railsplitters' top-four league finish and SAC regular season title, the quarterfinal matchup of the 2013 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Championship will be held in Tex Turner Arena. The top-billed Railsplitters are poised to host the eight-seeded Tusculum College Pioneers on Wednesday, March 6th in Harrogate, Tennessee. Lincoln Memorial rolls into that contest boasting a ten-game winning streak over the Pioneers dating back to January 6, 2010. The Railsplitters earned an 83-70 win over TC in Greeneville, Tennessee (11/28) and a 64-58 victory in Harrogate (1/30) to sweep the season series over the Pioneers for the 2012-13 campaign.
Along with the winning streak against the Pioneers, the Railsplitters also capped the regular season on a six-game winning streak. The Railsplitters and Pioneers are scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. in Tex Turner Arena in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Food Lion SAC Championship with the winner earning a spot in the semifinal round, poised to be held in Greenville, South Carolina at Furman University's Timmons Arena. In that round, the winner of No. 4 Carson-Newman and No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne awaits.