It feels as if Longwood hasn’t played a basketball game in forever and I’m sure I speak with many fans when I say I can’t wait to get stank out of my mouth from the debacle at Florida Gulf Coast. I thought with it being the last day of January we’d take a look at some interesting numbers surrounding our Lancers with ten games left in the season.
The Lancers RPI should get a tremendous boost in all sports next year once we join the Big South. Our strength of schedule takes a huge drop off every January once conference play gears up elsewhere and we basically have to find other teams with a schedule abnormality to play. Also losing at home to Navy and Canisius really has brought us down, those our two game that we should have won. Our RPI is actually better than Liberty, William & Mary, Hampton, and Radford at this point. Our highest rated opponent left is Gonzaga, who is currently ranked 21st in the RPI.
Offense: 74 points per game (69th), 15 assists per game (47th)
Offense has certainly not been the problem for this edition of the Lancers. Mike Gillian’s crew ranks in the top quartile for both points per game and assists per game in the nation. Martiz Washington and Jeremiah Bowman have created quite the backcourt duo in Farmville.
Longwood is averaging just over 960 spectators for games in Willett Hall. Having three homes games while the students were gone didn’t help (VMI, Seton Hall, NJIT). The Lancers have five home games left and I think the goal should be to hit 15,000 for the year. That means just over 1,450 people at the rest of the games, that’s about 80% of Willet Hall. I think we can do it, especially with the Big South celebration and Elwood bobblehead day on tap. Lets make the last five games loud in Willett!
Antwan Carter: Records
Keep an eye on Antwan Carter the final ten games of the year at Longwood. The senior is going to go down as one of the all time greats at LU. He’s currently third on the all-time scoring list with 1,668 points in his career, only Jerome Kersey (1,756) and Kevin Jefferson (1,806) have more points than Carter and both are Longwood Hall of Famers. Carter needs to average 14.1 points per game to pass Jefferson. As a point of reference he is already averaging over 18 points per game this year for the Lancers and should have big days versus Southern Virginia, Washington Adventist, UVA-Wise, among others. Carter is still chasing Kersey for all-time rebounds also, he has 910 to Kersey’s 1,162. Carter would have to average 25 rebounds per game, so that milestone is likely out of reach.