SEWANEE, Tenn. - The second half of the two-week road swing concludes this weekend with Southern Athletic Association matchups at Birmingham-Southern and Millsaps.
Game #17 | Sewanee (13-3, 2-3) at Birmingham-Southern (9-6, 3-2) | Friday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m.
Bill Battle Coliseum, Birmingham, Ala.
All-Time Series: Birmingham-Southern leads series, 51-26
Last win: Feb. 4, 2018 in Birmingham, Ala. (71-59)
Game #18 | Sewanee at Millsaps (10-6, 2-3) | Sunday, Jan. 20, 3 p.m.
The Hangar Dome, Jackson, Miss.
All-Time Series: Sewanee leads series, 67-38
Last win: Jan. 5, 2018 in Sewanee (67-52)
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FREE FRIDAY: Fans of furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown will be given free admission to Friday's doubleheader at Birmingham-Southern.
KEY WEEKEND IN THE THIRD WEEK OF SAA PLAY: Nobody said that playing conference games would be easy. Just ask the nation's best Division I team in Duke, who suffered a loss to Syracuse in overtime at home.
Despite most of the student-athletes with Duke are receiving athletic aid, the teams are not in the Southern Athletic Association. Even with three losses for Sewanee in league play, the Tigers are tied for third with Millsaps, Oglethorpe and Hendrix who have similar 2-3 marks, and they are two games back from the top spot.
With BSC in second with a 3-2 record, your top teams are Berry and Centre, who each have a 4-1 record.
OUTSIDE THE ARC FROM THE OFFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL: Expect some three-pointers to be made in Friday's game against Birmingham-Southern. The Panthers and Tigers are 1-and-2 in the SAA in triples made per game. BSC has the slight edge, as the Panthers are averaging 11.1 per game, and the Tigers are posting 10.1 per contest.
In terms of the NCAA, BSC is ranked 43rd and Sewanee 44th in the same category.
OUTSIDE THE ARC FROM THE DEFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL: Sewanee is picking it up where they left off on the defensive side of the ball, especially from three-point range.
The Tigers finished the 2017-18 season with the nation's best defensive 3-point shooting. The team allowed a 27.5 percent mark, and they averaged opponents to 5.9 treys per game.
In 2018-19, the Purple and Gold have cracked the top-30 with a No. 29 ranking in NCAA Division III with a 29.9 percentage. The team is also ranked inside the top-50 nationally in opponent points per game with 67.3, good for 41st in the nation.
A LOOK AT THE PANTHERS: Birmingham-Southern has won its last three contests and are coming off a weekend sweep at Rhodes and Hendrix.
The Panthers are 9-6, 3-2 in league play, and the team is 5-3 inside Bill Battle Coliseum this season, including wins over Louisiana College, who are 13-2 on the year, and an overtime thriller in their season opener against Covenant, who are undefeated in USA South play.
Despite averaging 83.5 points a game, they are allowing just as much on the defensive side of the ball: 81.6.
Two Panthers are averaging 12+ points a game: Ben Spence (12.8) and Zachary Allison (12.3). However, for Allison, his story is the dimes he dishes out. Leading the league with 5.9 per game, he is 16th in all of NCAA Division III in the category.
Sewanee took both matchups last season from BSC, both double-digit wins for the Tigers: an 80-63 win at home on Jan. 7, 2018 and a 71-59 triumph on Feb. 4. Friday's meeting will mark the 78th meeting, but it's the Panthers who hold the advantage in the all-time series, 51-26.
A LOOK AT THE MAJORS: Millsaps and Sewanee had similar undefeated starts, but the Majors were able to make it 8-0 before losing their first game to across-the-street rival Belhaven on Dec. 18, 70-63.
Since the 8-0 start, the Majors have lost four of their last six games, including defeats against Louisiana College and LeTourneau (Texas). After splitting the first two games on the opening weekend of SAA play, Millsaps is coming off a weekend where they were swept by Hendrix and Rhodes away from the Hangar Dome.
Michael Sullivan is averaging 12.8 points to lead the Majors in 2019, as the team is averaging 78.3 points per contest.
The teams split their matchups in the regular season last season, with the home team winning the games. Sewanee and Millsaps will meet for the 106th time, with the Tigers holding a 67-38 advantage. However, since the SAA was formed in 2012-13, Sewanee has won once inside the Hangar Dome, coming Jan. 20, 2017.
This is the third-oldest rivalry in program history behind Centre (126) and Rhodes (160).