FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will play the first of two Peach Belt Conference road doubleheaders this week, when the Patriots travel to USC Spartanburg, Wednesday evening (Jan. 28).
The women’s game will start at 5:30 p.m. in USCS’ Hodge Center, followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast (audio) over the Internet at www.uscs.edu/athletics/
The North Division leading FMU men (16-1, 6-0) moved up four spots to 13th in this week’s NABC/Division II Bulletin Top 25 poll. The Patriots remain the only PBC school ranked in the poll. Only one NCAA Division II school (South Dakota State University 19-3) has more wins than the Patriots, who have nearly equaled their win total of last two seasons combined (17).
Tarleton State University (15-2) won both its games last week to remain in the No. 1 position in poll. Kennesaw State University (16-4), FMU’s foe on Saturday afternoon, was among the other schools receiving votes this week.
The Patriots hope to widen their two-game lead in the PBC North Division standings when they face USCS (8-9, 1-5) on Wednesday. A win would give FMU its best-ever start in PBC competition. FMU downed the Rifles 83-63 two weeks ago (Jan. 14) in Florence, and the Patriots have won the last four meetings between the two programs.
In the women’s contest, Francis Marion (9-6, 3-3) will attempt to keep pace with the North Division leaders. The USCS women are 6-10 overall and 1-5 in the PBC, but upset Columbus State University 54-42 last Saturday.
Augusta State University and Lander University, both 4-2 in conference play, hold a one-game lead over both FMU and USC Aiken.
FMU downed the Lady Rifles 65-60 earlier this season.