HARROGATE, Tenn. - The Lincoln Memorial University athletics department has announced that it is offering free admission for Saturday, Feb. 24's basketball games against Queens. The regular-season finales for both the Lady Railsplitters and Railsplitters will take place at 2 and 4 p.m., respectively.
Saturday has all the makings to be one of the most memorable days since Tex Turner Arena opened in 1991. Both games will be streamed live on ESPN3 (online) as part of the Division II Basketball Showcase. In addition to that, it's also Senior Day for the men's and women's programs, while LMU will have two Railsplitter Legends ceremonies during halftime of the men's game as well. Coming off a signature win over No. 3 Carson-Newman on Wednesday night, the Lady Railsplitters (16-10, 11-8 SAC) will try to go into the postseason on a strong note and possibly earn a top-four bid for the upcoming South Atlantic Conference Championship. The Queens women (4-21, 1-18 SAC) are hoping to snap a 12-game losing streak and end a forgettable season on a positive note. On the men's side, the LMU faithful will be treated to just the 15th meeting between the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the history of Division II men's basketball. The Railsplitters (26-1, 19-0 SAC) will be trying to clinch their sixth consecutive SAC regular-season title in outright fashion, while Queens (26-1, 18-1 SAC) aims to spoil Lincoln Memorial's bid for the second perfect SAC season in league history and put its name in the race to host the Southeast Regional.
The Railsplitters enter the regular-season finale riding a SAC-record 33-game conference winning streak. With a win, Lincoln Memorial would finish the season 20-0 in league play to become just the second team in SAC history on either the men's or women's side to go unbeaten in conference play. Lincoln Memorial's 2015-16 team that ran the table with a perfect 22-0 mark is the only other basketball team in SAC history to accomplish that feat. In addition to all of that, Saturday will also serve as the final regular-season home game for seniors Josh Odem, Dorian Pinson (pictured), Trevon Shaw and Emanuel Terry. That quartet will be honored during a pre-game ceremony just before tip-off. Pinson and Terry are the longest tenured members of the senior class as that duo has been with the program since the 2014-15 season. Over that span, the Railsplitters have an astounding cumulative record of 120-13 with four regular-season SAC titles, one SAC tournament championship, three appearances in the NCAA Tournament (with a fourth appearance forthcoming), two Southeast Region championships and two appearances in the national semifinals.
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