For the fourth time in five years, the Lion Men are heading to the NCAA Division II tournament. One of the things I want to do is to show people that we have a pretty rich tradition in Basketball as well. There have been some dry eras, but for the most part, Lion Basketball has had quite a bit of success since joining official Intercollegiate Basketball leagues in 1931. They have won the Lone Star Conference 22 times (1934, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1948, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1964, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2015), and have finished in second place 13 other times. This is the 8th time since the Lions joined the NCAA in 1982 they have gone to the dance, while it is 21st time that the Lions have played in a National Basketball playoff. 2 Times as a member of the NAIB, 11 times in the NAIA, and of course as stated earlier, 8 times in the NCAA. The Lions won the NAIA National Title in the 1954-1955 season, and made it to the round of 16 in 1950, The final 4 in 1953 and 1978, The Elite 8 in 1954, 1958, and 1977 in the NAIA. After moving into the NCAA, they have gone in 1996 (Round of 64), 1997 (Elite 8), 1998 (Round of 64), 2005 (Sweet 16), 2015 (Round of 64), 2017 (Round of 64), 2018 (Second Round), and this Friday they face off against Dallas Baptist in Canyon on the West Texas A&M Campus. Now, onto the match-up.
The Lions face off against a team they drilled by 22 back in December. At 23-10, they went to the Heartland Conference title game, where they lost in the HC Championship game. The Lions have many mutual opponents with the Patriots aside from their head to head game. The Patriots lost to Newman, but defeated A&M-International and also Cameron, and Oklahoma Christian, however most of the common opponents saw the Lions win by larger margins. This game looks like the Lions have to be the heavy favorite, but this is why you play the game. DBU averages 82 points per game and gives up 76 a game. They shoot 48 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3 point range, and 75 percent from the free throw line.
For Comparison, the Lions average 82 points per game and give up 71 points per game, while shooting 47 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3 point land. The Lions are also shooting 75 percent from the free throw line. So, the stats look pretty even, however, the Lions look to be the team with the athletic advantage and also have a much deeper bench. All things being equal I believe the Lions will use their inside strength and overall better athleticism to move onto the round of 32, where they will no doubt face West Texas A&M in that round. However, if the Lions can get past WT in round 2, the South Central Region could very well be the Lions for the taking.