2018-19 SEASON PREVIEW: Men's Basketball

2018-19 SEASON PREVIEW: Men's Basketball

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee men's basketball team opens its 95th season of collegiate basketball Friday night against Huntingdon inside Juhan Gymnasium. Tuesday, Nov. 13, will see the Tigers on the road for the first time in 2018-19, as they face Piedmont. 

Game #1 | Huntingdon (0-0) at Sewanee (0-0) | Friday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m.
Juhan Gymnasium, Sewanee, Tenn.
All-Time Series: Huntingdon leads series 15-10
Last win: Dec. 13, 2015 in Sewanee (93-73)

Game #2 | Sewanee at Piedmont (0-0) | Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT
Cave Arena, Demorest, Ga.
All-Time Series: Series tied 8-8 | Sewanee has won last three meetings
Last win: Nov. 29, 2017 in Sewanee (60-37)

MAKING YOUR FREE THROWS: Hunter Buescher led the conference last season with an 84.9 percentage from the charity stripe (79-of-93). In his career, the San Antonio, Texas native has recorded a career mark of 81.5 percent (110-of-135) in 71 career games with Sewanee.

NATION BEST: The Tigers finished the 2017-18 season with the nation's best defensive three-point shooting. The team finished with a 27.5 percent mark, and they averaged 5.9 treys per game.

SO CLOSE, AND YET, EVEN CLOSER: The Tigers finished the 2017-18 season one game shy of hosting the conference tournament for the first time in the SAA-era (since 2013). Sewanee finished with 10 conference wins.

THE RETURN: Luke Smith and Cam Caldwell return for their respective seasons after being named the Southern Athletic Association's Newcomer and Defensive Player of the Year.

Smith, during the regular season, led all SAA freshmen in scoring (15.5), assists (4.3) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9). He averages 34 minutes per contest, second-best in the league.

Shooting 43 percent from the field, the Knoxville, Tenn. native has recorded eight 20-point games this season, with his season-best of 25 coming twice at MacMurray on Dec. 30 and at Millsaps on Feb. 2.

Caldwell was the first Sewanee student-athlete to earn a Defensive Player of the Year award, and he contributed to Sewanee's league-leading marks in opposing field goal percentage (40.3) and opposing points per game (68.3), as well as the Tigers' nation-best mark in three-point shooting defense (27.5).

TONIGHT WE BOUNCE BACK: Michael Barry and Andrew Heitzenrater are expected to return to the floor in 2018-19 after overcoming season-ending injuries. Heitzenrater left midway through the opening game of the season a year ago against Emory & Henry on Nov. 15. Barry played in 13 games off the bench a year ago before he was sidelined midway through the season.

#Sewanee2022: The men's basketball program welcomes five to the Domain: Mackie Garwood, Grant Perry, Ryan Starr, Cole Stinson and Jordan Warlick.

NON-CONFERENCE GAME TO WATCH: For the first time since the 2008 season, Sewanee will go toe-to-toe with Emory on Nov. 28. The Eagles finished with a 23-5 record and made it to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships. Emory leads the all-time series, 25-19. 

CONFERENCE GAME TO WATCH: Sewanee and Centre battled until the final day of the 2018 season for the regular season championship and rights to host the SAA Men's Basketball Championship. After Sewanee defeated Centre at home last Dec. 2, 70-63. However, the Colonels returned the favor at home with a 76-64 victory in Danville, Ky. and won the regular season championship. 

However, in 2018-19, the schedule is flipped, with Sewanee traveling to Centre Dec. 1. On Feb. 16, the Tigers will host the Colonels to end a three-game homestand and the regular season on Feb. 16, one weekend before the SAA Championship. 

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