SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Tigers return to the friendly confines of Juhan Gymnasium this weekend for a two-game homestand as the team resumes Southern Athletic Association play. Sewanee will face Hendrix Friday night before doing battle with in-state rival Rhodes Sunday afternoon.
Game #13 | Sewanee (11-1, 0-1) vs. Hendrix (5-7, 1-0) | Friday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m.
Juhan Gymnasium, Sewanee, Tenn.
All-Time Series: Sewanee leads series, 32-15
Last win: Jan. 28, 2018 in Sewanee (77-56)
Game #14 | Sewanee vs. Rhodes (3-9, 0-1) | Sunday, Jan. 6, 3 p.m.
Juhan Gymnasium, Sewanee, Tenn.
All-Time Series: Rhodes leads series, 84-75
Last win: Jan. 26, 2018 in Sewanee (99-96)
DISCO FEVER: Sewanee's 7-0 start in 2018-19 surpasses the 1974-75 team as the best start in the program's history.
Finishing with a 19-7 record that season, the '75 team won the College Athletic Conference (CAC) and earned an appearance in the inaugural NCAA Championships.
PERFECT. PERFECTO. PERFECTUS.: No matter how you say it, Sewanee wrapped up an undefeated non-conference schedule, the first time in program history.
In 11 games, Sewanee averaged 80.7 points per game and shot 47.6 percent from the field. On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers allowed 67.2 points and 42 percent mark from the floor, including a 29.9 percent clip from 3-point range.
One of those wins came against then No. 23 Emory inside Juhan Gymnasium, where the Tigers upset the Eagles, 83-70, on Nov. 28.
400th CONFERENCE GAME: Combining games with the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) and the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), Sewanee will play its 400th conference game Friday night against Hendrix. In total, the Tigers have collected 170 wins.
The SCAC brought men's basketball as a conference sport during the 1991-92 season. Sewanee moved the SAA as a charter member in the 2012-13 campaign.
THE HISTORY OF BRIDGEWATER: Sewanee's Dec. 29th's meeting with the Eagles marked the second time in program history the two schools faced off. Sewanee took the contest, 79-76 in Atlanta at Oglethorpe.
The first one came in the postseason. In the second round of the 1997 NCAA Championships, Sewanee and Bridgewater met for the first time.
Sewanee defeated Rust (Miss), 68-61, and Bridgewater downed Maryville (Tenn.), 64-62, in the opening round. The next round, the Eagles ended the Tigers' run in the tournament with a 65-62 victory to advance to the regional semifinals. There, the Eagles fell to eventual champion Illinois Wesleyan, 87-60.
Just like Sewanee, Bridgewater has not made it back to the dance since that 1997 season.
TAKING CARE OF THE HOME COURT: Sewanee currently holds a 14-game home winning streak, dating back to last season. Sewanee's last loss at Juhan Gymnasium came on Nov. 19, 2017 versus Methodist.
The Tigers have won eight straight games against SAA opponents at home, dating back to 2017. The Tigers last dropped a home conference contest on Feb. 5, 2017 vs. Oglethorpe.
A LOOK AT THE WARRIORS: The Warriors are coming off a 7-21 mark in 2018, but the story came in the postseason. After knocking off Sewanee in the quarterfinals of the SAA Championship as the 7-seed, the Warriors advanced to the final against 8-seed Berry. This is the first instance that a 7- and 8-seed faced off in the final in the SAA-era.
In 2019, the Warriors are 5-7, and they are in the middle of a seven-game road swing across three states, from as far south as San Antonio, Texas to as far north as Danville, Ky., where their long trip concludes on Sunday.
The Warriors enter play this weekend with three scorers in double figures. Leading the way is Preston Smith. Despite missing the first eight games of the season, he has scored 18.3 points per game and is 36 percent from the 3-point line.
Seth Stanley has played in all 12 games with eight starts for the Lynx, and he has posted 13.8 points per game and 5.2 boards.
The Tigers went 2-1 against the Warriors last season, with both wins coming in the regular season. All-time, the Tigers lead the series, 32-15.
A LOOK AT THE LYNX: The Lynx, with a new coach at the helm, are currently in rebuild mode for the 2019 season. Coming off a 13-13 record a year ago, Rhodes is 3-9, but they are coming off a win against UT Tyler on Dec. 30.
Junior Preston Giroux leads all scorers for the Lynx in 2019. He has recorded two 20-point performances, both coming in back-to-back games. He dropped 27 in 23 minutes at Belhaven before posting 25 in 26 against Blackburn.
Sewanee split the regular season series with the Lynx last season, with the home team taking the wins. In Memphis, the Lynx took home a 20-point win, 124-104, but in Sewanee, a game-winning triple by Sean McDonough sealed a 99-96 win. This will be the 160th meeting all-time between the two schools, with Rhodes holding the advantage 84-75.