INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- The Lincoln Memorial University men's basketball team will be highlighted in the national spotlight this season, as the NCAA Division II and the CBS Sports Network announced that the Railsplitters' matchup against Anderson University is included in 2013 regular-season television schedule. LMU and Anderson are set to square off at noon on January 12th in Tex Turner Arena on the CBS Sports Network.
The program, now in its seventh year, will feature a total of nine men's and women's games from seven Division II conferences.
"Our membership continues to value this program," said Division II Vice President Mike Racy. "Not only does it give our schools an opportunity to showcase their student-athletes, it also gives them a big platform to tell the world about their overall institution and their community."
Anderson and LMU are winners of the previous two SAC regular-season championships, with the Railsplitters capturing the title in 2010-11 followed by the Trojans in 2011-12.
Anderson has made three-straight appearances in the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship, while LMU has earned bids to the previous two. AU advanced to the Elite Eight in 2011 and finished one win shy of returning last season.
Last season, the Railsplitters and Trojans met on two different occasions with Anderson University sweeping the season series by the narrowest of margins. On January 14th, 2012, the Railsplitters traveled to Anderson University for the first matchup of the season. In that game, the Railsplitters controlled the pace for most of the contest, holding a nine-point advantage with 2:26 to play. However, the Trojans rallied down the stretch, culminating in a trey from Chandler Hash to send the game to overtime. In the overtime, Anderson led throughout as they capped the game with a 78-72 victory.
In game two of the season series, the Trojans came into Tex Turner Arena on February 18th to close out the Railsplitters' regular-season home schedule. Much like the first contest, the Railsplitters held a four-point lead with 41 seconds to play, but a pair of Nick Trull free throws and a trifecta from Denzail Jones helped the Trojans steal a 62-61 win on the road.
The Railsplitters head into the 2012-13 campaign and their January 12th matchup versus the Trojans with a potent mix of veteran leadership and talented newcomers. Vincent Bailey heads the class of returner players after leading the Railsplitters in scoring in 2011-12 at 10.9 points per contest. At the completion of the season, Bailey was named All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team. Jake Troyli and Cam Carden also return for their senior seasons at LMU. Troyli was the fourth-leading scorer for Lincoln Memorial last season at 9.6 points per, while Carden was fifth on the team in scoring at 8.8 per contest. Dustin Craig is also a highlight of the veteran frontcourt for the Railsplitters, as he grabbed 96 rebounds and 153 points total last season. Guards Wally Jones, CJ Wakeley and Lorenza Ross will provide veteran saavy in the Railsplitters' backcourt with a combined five years of experience in the program.
LMU will welcome the likes of Tim Pierce, Curtis Webb and Curtis McMillion to the rotation this season.
"Having a nationally televised game on CBS Sports Network will provide great exposure for our institution, basketball program, the South Atlantic Conference, and the entire Tri-State community," commented LMU men's head basketball coach Josh Schertz. "Both programs have had tremendous success over the last few years, not just at the conference level, but nationally as well. It has certainly become the game that both schools' players and fans circle, but the best thing about this game is that it's a classy, competitive rivalry. It should be a great game in a juiced atmosphere that will showcase the extraordinarily high level of basketball that is played throughout our league."
The Division II-CBS Sports Network arrangement also features six regular-season football games. Thursday night's matchup will feature Truman State at Central Missouri in the only 2012 game involving founding members of the Mid America Intercollegiate Athletic Association. That conference is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
CBS Sports Network is available to 99 million homes nationwide. In addition to the Division II Game of the Week package, the network's content lineup includes NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship studio analysis, programming from numerous Division I conferences, the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse, among others.