HARROGATE (WATE) – Lincoln Memorial University’s men’s basketball team opened the season with 18 straight wins, a perfect conference record and the number one ranking in the Division II media poll.
That’s impressive, but nothing new for this program which was ranked number one for a time in 2012 and over the last four seasons has won 86 percent of their games.
“It’s about having great players and staff and nobody’s been luckier than I have,” explained head coach Josh Schertz. “The players we’ve had here not only from a talent standpoint but the fiber of who they are.”
“We all play for each other and when we’re out there on the court we want to play for each other so that’s why you see the hard emphasis on defense,” says center Keenan Peterson. “We pretty much love one another.”
That love has translated into a lot of wins, but a bit of a plateau when it comes to the postseason. They’ve made the NCAA tournament the last four years but have never gotten past the regional semifinal round.
”That’s what I want to do and I’m pretty sure the whole team wants that too so that’s what we’re working on this year,” said forward Dorian Pinson. “The conference tournament, yeah we want that, but I think our main focus is the NCAA tournament.”
Added Schertz, “The more you can put yourself in that position, eventually things are going to shake your way.”
The Railsplitters entered play Wednesday just two wins away from their sixth straight 20-win season.