BANNER ELK — Lees-McRae College released its 2015-2016 basketball schedule last week.
The Bobcats, coming off of the best season in school history, will open the year against Tusculum in the Conference Carolinas Challenge, a two-day tournament in Bristol, Tennessee, on Nov. 13. LMC will play Lincoln Memorial the next day.
After that, the Bobcats will hit the road to take on Kentucky Wesleyan on Nov. 17 and Southern Indiana on Nov. 18.
LMC will go to Newberry, South Carolina for the Newberry Tournament, a two-event Nov. 21-22.
The Bobcats will finally have its home opener on Nov. 24 against conference for Mount Olive.
November concludes with a non-conference road game at Brevard on Nov. 29.
Lees-McRae jumps back into conference play with a home game against Belmont Abbey on Dec. 2, a road game at Pfeiffer on Dec. 5 and home matchup against Erskine on Dec. 12.
The Bobcats take a brief leave of absence from conference play over the holiday break. LMC travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a two-day tournament Dec. 18-19 and then a non-conference game against South Carolina Upstate on Dec. 30.
January starts with two conference road games, first at Limestone on Jan. 5 and at Southern Wesleyan on Jan. 9.
The Bobcats host Piedmont in the team’s final non-conference game of the regular season on Jan. 11.
Two conference home games are next in line on Jan. 13 against Limestone and Jan. 16 against Emmanuel College.
The first month of 2016 ends with alternating road and away games, starting at Barton College (Jan. 19), Pfeiffer (Jan. 23), Erskine (Jan. 26) and Southern Wesleyan (Jan. 29).
The Bobcats will have to finish the regular season with five of the final eight games on the road throughout February.
LMC will host Barton on Feb. 6, North Greenville on Feb. 13 and King University on Feb. 23.
The rest of the schedule will be road contests at King (Feb. 3), Mount Olive (Feb. 10), Belmont Abbey (Feb. 17), Emmanuel (Feb. 20) and North Greenville (Feb. 26).
Former Ashe County Husky Daniel Waln enters his second season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under head coach Steve Hardin.
The Bobcats won a school-record 15 games last season and finished fifth place in Conference Carolinas, which also marked the best finish in school history.
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