GAMES 19-20 PREVIEW: Birmingham-Southern and Millsaps

GAMES 19-20 PREVIEW: Birmingham-Southern and Millsaps

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee men's basketball begins the second half of the season with a two-game homestand inside Juhan Gymnasium this weekend. 

THE BASICS
Game #19 | Sewanee (14-4, 3-4) vs. Birmingham-Southern (10-7, 4-3) | Friday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m. 
Juhan Gymnasium, Sewanee, Tenn.
All-Time Series: Birmingham-Southern leads series, 52-26
Last win: Feb. 4, 2018 in Birmingham, Ala. (71-59)

Game #20 | Sewanee vs. Millsaps (10-8, 2-5) | Sunday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m.
Juhan Gymnasium, Sewanee, Tenn.
All-Time Series: Sewanee leads series, 68-38
Last win: Jan. 20, 2019 in Jackson, Miss. (68-67)

SAA STANDINGS

TEAM SAA PCT OVR PCT STR
Centre 6-1 .857 15-3 .833 W2
Berry 5-2 .714 12-5 .706 W1
Birmingham-Southern 4-3 .571 10-7 .588 L1
Hendrix 4-3 .571 8-10 .444 W2
Sewanee 3-4 .429 14-4 .778 W1
Oglethorpe 3-4 .429 9-9 .500 L1
Millsaps 2-5 .286 10-8 .556 L4
Rhodes 1-6 .143 4-14 .222 L2
           
-As of 1/21/19        

 

TAKING CARE OF THE HOME COURT: With five of the final seven regular season games inside Juhan Gymnasium, Sewanee currently holds a 16-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. 

GETTING INTO A RHYTHM AT THE CHARITY STRIPE: The Tigers are 66th in the country in free throw percentage with 74.3 percent, which also leads the league. The team will look to break a six-year streak of Centre claiming the best free throw percentage mark in 2018.

Inside conference play, the Tigers have posted 77.8 percent (91-of-117) from the free throw line. BSC (69.4) and Millsaps (65.5) are ranked fourth and sixth, respectively.

Luke Smith, who leads the conference in percentage with 90.7 percent, is 13th in the nation in the category and 39th in free throws made (88). The SAA's highest free throw percentage came in the season's first year in 2013 by Jaren Riley of Hendrix with 92.3 (60-of-65).

The sophomore is ranked 36th in the nation among active free throw percentages with an 85.3 clip.

The sophomore has had two separate streaks of consecutive free throws made: 23 in a row from Nov. 13-24 and 48 from Nov. 28-Jan. 11, which was a span of nine games.

EYEING 200 DIMES: Luke Smith currently has 171 career assists in 43 career games with Sewanee. With 29 more dimes, the sophomore can become the 11th player in Sewanee Men's Basketball history to achieve that feat. 

A LOOK AT THE PANTHERS: Birmingham-Southern came off a split of last weekend's homestand against Sewanee and Centre. Against Sewanee, BSC rallied from a 16-point deficit with 12:38 left in the opening half to come-from-behind and win 71-64. 

On Sunday against Centre, the Colonels took a one-point lead into the locker room and outscored BSC 43-34 to win 84-74. 

Entering the second half of the season, the Panthers are tied for third in the conference with Hendrix with a 4-3 SAA record and a 10-7 clip overall. 

Zachary Allison (12.7) leads all scorers and has scored at least 15 points in the last three games. However, for Allison, his story is the dimes he dishes out. Leading the league with 5.6 per game, he is 21st in all of NCAA Division III in the category. 

Despite falling in Birmingham last weekend, Sewanee took both matchups a year ago from BSC, both double-digit wins for the Tigers: an 80-63 win at home on Jan. 7, 2018 and a 71-59 triumph on Feb. 4. 

Friday's meeting will mark the 79th meeting, but it's the Panthers who hold the advantage in the all-time series, 52-26. 

A LOOK AT THE MAJORS: After falling by 29 points, 84-55, to Centre College last Friday at home, Millsaps dropped Sunday's contest to Sewanee, 68-67. 

The Tigers led 68-67 with 18 seconds left, and the Majors had possession looking for the game-winner, but that would not happen. Inside the paint, there was a tie-up on the floor and a jump ball was called, with the possession arrow pointing to Sewanee with four seconds left. The Tigers were able to run the clock out to seal the victory.

Since the 8-0 start, the Majors have lost six of their last seven games. The team is 10-8 with a 2-5 mark in the league.

Michael Sullivan is averaging 12.1 points to lead the Majors in 2019. In league play, Saxton Becker is scoring 10.6 per game, all coming off the bench. 

The teams split their matchups in the regular season in 2018, with the home team winning the games. Sewanee and Millsaps will meet for the 107th time, with the Tigers holding a 68-38 advantage. 

This is the third-oldest rivalry in program history behind Centre (126) and Rhodes (160).

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