FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will play host to local Peach Belt Conference rival UNC Pembroke, Wednesday evening (Feb. 11). The women’s game will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Smith University Center, followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m.
The North Division leading FMU men (19-2, 9-1) moved up one spot to 15th in this week’s NABC/Division II Bulletin Top 25 poll. The Patriots, who registered only 24 wins over the past three seasons combined, will attempt to capture their 20th win of the year against UNCP (3-16, 2-7). FMU has won 20 games in a season seven times, but not since the 1990-91 Patriot squad went 22-10 and advanced to the NAIA national tournament.
Tarleton State University (19-2) won both its games last week to remain in the No. 1 position in the Top 25 poll. Fellow PBC member Kennesaw State University (20-4) occupies the 19th position.
Francis Marion currently owns a three-game lead in the PBC North Division standings over second-place Augusta State University, the Patriots’ road foe this weekend.
UNCP leads the all-time series 30-16, but Francis Marion swept the season series last year.
In the women’s contest, Francis Marion (11-8, 5-5) will attempt to keep pace with the North Division leaders. The Patriots, who were picked to finish 11th out of 12 teams in the PBC coaches’ preseason poll, are only one game out of second place. The top two finishers in each division receive a first-round bye in the PBC Tournament. The UNCP women are 7-13 overall and 1-8 in the PBC.
FMU leads the all-time women’s series 28-12, and has won 13 of the last 14 meetings, including eight straight wins in Florence.