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Blue Raider Men to host two conference foes this week

Last week, the Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team paid a visit to the Volunteer State to begin the second half of the Mid-South Conference schedule. This week, Tennessee comes to Columbia as the Blue Raiders welcome two out-of-state foes in the University of Tennessee Southern and Cumberland University.

Lindsey Wilson opens the week against Tennessee Southern at 7:30pmCT on Thursday evening, January 19, 2023, then closes on Saturday afternoon at 3pmCT versus Cumberland.

The Firehawks and the Phoenix were the first two in-league opponents seen by Lindsey Wilson back in November, and the locals are looking to even the score with both birds after dropping the first meetings.

Tennessee Southern (12-6, 8-5 MSC) has won five of its last eight conference games, including an upset of No. 10 Thomas More University this past Saturday in Pulaski. The 'Hawks have, however, lost three of their last five road games against Mid-South teams.

Senior Kavion Hancock serves as the focal point for the Tennessee Southern offense with the sixth-highest scoring average in the league at 15.9. He is rolling off a 20-point performance versus Thomas More and has six total outings of 20 or more points on the season, but only two since December 1.

The junior duo of Brady Brown - 13.9 points per game - and Adarion Hudson - 12.4 - pace the Firehawks in total rebounds and assists, respectively. In fact, Hudson's mark of 5.8 dimes a game ranks number one in the Mid-South, as do his 67 total turnovers, contrarily.

Cumberland (10-8, 7-6 MSC) also comes into this week having got the best of the tenth-ranked Saints a week ago. The victory snapped a two-game skid, but the Phoenix still remain winless in their last four games away from Lebanon.

With 16.4 points per contest, senior Jordan Stephens leads the Phoenix on offense and sits fifth in the conference in scoring. The Southern Georgia Tech transfer is one of three in the Cumberland line-up to boast a scoring average greater than 10. Ty'Reek Johnson and T.J. Stargell are contributing 11.4 and 10.8, respectively.

Lindsey Wilson (6-12, 2-11 MSC) enters its final home-and-home weekend of the season led by the trio of Connor Robinson, Jamie Strong, and Jayden Lazard, who are each shooting over 0.500 across the Blue Raiders' last four games. The latter of the three is coming off of a career-best 16 points at Wilberforce on January 5 in which he shot 8-of-12 from the floor.

Strong, a Hawaii-Hilo midseason transfer has knocked down 14 three-pointers since joining the team earlier this month and is since averaging 12.0 points per game, and Robinson most recently ran his double-digit point streak up to seven games with back-to-back efforts this past weekend at Freed-Hardeman and Bethel. He is sporting a 12.8 scoring mark over the local's last four games.

Both games will be streamed on the Lindsey Wilson Sports Network and 101.9 WAIN.

This story was posted on 2023-01-18 19:53:24
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