HARROGATE, Tenn. — With nearly a third of the regular season complete, it’s time to take a look at how the Lincoln Memorial University men’s basketball team ranks nationally in the major statistical categories.
To recap, since losing back-to-back games for the first time since 2012 against Alabama-Huntsville and Carson-Newman, the Railsplitters (7-2, 3-1 SAC) are on an absolute tear. Lincoln Memorial has won four straight games over Virginia-Wise, Lenoir-Rhyne, Coker and Brevard by a combined margin of 175 points. The Railsplitters are ranked 24th in the NABC/Division II coaches poll and 22nd in the DII media poll.
The Railsplitters are currently ranked in the top-15 in 14 major statistical categories.
Lincoln Memorial leads the nation in defensive rebounds per game with 33.78 and total blocks with 60. Chris Perry and Emanuel Terry are ranked 13th in the nation individually in blocks with 19. As a team, the Railsplitters are fourth in the nation in blocks per game with 6.7.
The Railsplitters are also among the best offensive teams in the country, ranking third in field-goal percentage (53.8 percent), 15th in 3-point field-goal percentage (43.8 percent), sixth in points per game (95.7), sixth in scoring margin (23.9), 14th in assists per game (18.8) and 15th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.51). Lincoln Memorial is sixth in the country in total assists with 169 and 12th in three-pointers made with 88.
Luquon Choice has poured in 35 3-pointers this season and averaged 3.89 3-pointers per game, ranking sixth and 11th in those categories, respectively, in the country. His 53.8 percent mark from 3-point range is the 18th-best mark in the nation.
Dorian Pinson currently leads the SAC and is ranked 16th in the nation in assists with 47. Terry is ranked 13th in the nation in double-doubles with four and 14th in field-goal percentage with a 66.7 percent clip. Perry is right behind Terry in 23rd place with a 64.3 percent mark from the field.
Along with leading the country in defensive rebounds per game, the Railsplitters are ranked fifth in total rebounds with 402 and 11th in rebounding margin with a plus 9.2 margin on the glass. That has helped the Railsplitters rank sixth in the country in field-goal percentage defense by holding opponents to a 37.5 percent clip.
The only two statistical categories in which the Railsplitters have not been above average nationally are free-throw shooting and fouls. Lincoln Memorial is 242nd out of 307 Division II teams in free-throw percentage with a 66.1 percent clip. The Railsplitters have also committed the second-most fouls in the SAC with 182, which averages out to more than 20 per game.
The Railsplitters won’t play again until Dec. 14, when they travel to Wingate, North Carolina to face the Wingate Bulldogs in a rematch of the 2016 SAC Championship title game. After that, the Railsplitters return to Tex Turner Arena to host Newberry on Dec. 17.