HARROGATE, Tenn. -- Lincoln Memorial's South Atlantic Conference basketball doubleheader against the Wingate Bulldogs will be broadcast nationally on the American Sports Network as part of the NCAA Division II Showcase. The No. 6 nationally-ranked and undefeated Lady Railsplitters tip off the action at noon (ET) on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Tex Turner Arena, while the No. 24 Railsplitters will follow at 2 p.m.
Saturday's LMU-Wingate games are two of the 27 that were chosen to be nationally broadcasted for the 2016-17 NCAA Division II Showcase on either the American Sports Network or ESPN3. The men's team has already been featured twice this season while competing in the inaugural Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic in Evansville, Ind., while it will mark the first nationally televised appearance for the women's basketball program. Both games, which will be available for viewing live at www.NCAA.com, should be highly competitive. The Lady Railsplitters enter the week as one of three teams left in the country without a loss this season, as Lincoln Memorial is a perfect 19-0, which is the best start in program or South Atlantic Conference women's hoops history. It is also the longest winning streak in program or SAC history. Wingate, meanwhile, is tied for second place in the SAC while sporting a 15-4 record. The Bulldogs have won four consecutive games and nine of their last 10 overall. In the first regular-season meeting between the two squads on December 14, LMU escaped Wingate with an 84-83 double-overtime victory. On the men's side, the Railsplitters and Bulldogs come into the week with a combined 16-game winning streak and only separated by a single game in the SAC standings. Lincoln Memorial is in second place and has won six straight games while Wingate has won 10 straight to catapult into third place in the league. The Bulldogs' last loss came at the hands of the Railsplitters, as LMU defeated Wingate 84-72 at Cuddy Arena on December 14. Saturday will also serve as Lincoln Memorial's annual Play4Kay game, as the department will raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to help in the fight against women's cancers.