Lions host No. 6 Columbia in AMC Game of the Week

Lions host No. 6 Columbia in AMC Game of the Week

Thu, Jan. 5, 2017 - [Men's Basketball]

Courtesy of AMC Sports

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The first American Midwest Conference (AMC) men's basketball Game of the Week  of 2017 will hit the airwaves on Thursday night, and it will feature two teams at very different places in their respective seasons. The NAIA #6 Columbia College Cougars (14-1/7-0 AMC) take their unblemished AMC mark on the road to take on the Freed-Hardeman University Lions (9-5/ 5-2 AMC) who suddenly find themselves two games off the pace in the AMC.

WHO

Columbia Cougars: The Cougars have been on cruise control for much of the season. Head Coach Bob Burchard's club has been involved in only two games that have finished with a final margin of fewer than 10 points – a 66-62 win at Missouri Valley College on November 8, and a 55-54 win over Philander Smith College on December 17. Contrast that with their other 12 wins where the closest margin has been 11 points, and their average margin of victory has been more than 24 points, and you can see how strong the Cougars have been through the first half of the season.

Freed-Hardeman Lions: After they beat the Park University Pirates in the AMC Game of the Week on December 17, the Lions were sitting in the cat bird's seat – undefeated in AMC play with still two games remaining against the only team to also hold an unblemished mark in the AMC. Since coming back from the holiday break, however, the Lions have been in a much different place, taking losses at Lyon College and Central Baptist College to fall into a tie for fourth two games back of Columbia. The Lions are 5-1 on their home floor at the Brewer Sports Center, and they will need to rely on that if they are to beat Columbia.

WHAT

Since the Lions joined the AMC in 2013-14, they have squared off with the Cougars seven times, holding a slim 4-3 edge. The Lions, however, have protected their home court well, winning all three games in that time that have been played in Henderson by an average of nearly a dozen points per game.

WHEN

Thursday, January 5, 2017; 7:30 p.m.

Live Stats – DakStats (http://www.dakstats.com/websync/Pages/Webcasts.aspx?association=10)

Live Video (PPV) – Freed-Hardeman Sports Network (https://portal.stretchinternet.com/fhu/)

WHERE

Henderson, Tenn. (Brewer Sports Center)

WHY

Freed-Hardeman needs to get a victory to pull back into the thick of the AMC race as the schedule nears the halfway point of conference play. A Columbia win, however, would give the Cougars four road wins in the AMC, with three games left in the first half of the AMC regular season.