Two games into the still new car of a smell season finds American men's basketball team with a .500 record while having yet to play a contest on friendly turf. The Eagles and coach Jeff Jones will not have to wait any longer for a return to Bender Arena as they host longtime opponent Mount St. Mary's on Thursday night. AU's home opener will air on Comcast SportsNet starting at 7:30 p.m.
Led by senior center Stephen Lumpkins the Eagles picked up their first win on Monday, 61-55 at Quinnipiac. The 6-foot-8 Lumpkins, who returned to the program after taking off last season to pursue a professional baseball career, scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. One of seven seniors on the roster, Lumpkins leads American in scoring (14.0) and rebounding (7.5). Another senior, point guard Daniel Munoz paces the Eagles in assists (3.0) while averaging 8.5 points. American lost its season opener by 36 points at Minnesota, 72-36.
The 61st meeting between American and Mount St. Mary's marks the series debut for Mountaineers (1-1) first-year coach Jamion Christian and former George Mason transfer Rashad Whack. The 29-year-old Christian served as assistant at VCU under Shaka Smart last season and picked up his first win on Tuesday, 70-63 over Hartford. Whack, a former star at Bishop McNamara, scored a career-high 20 points in the victory.
American leads the All-Time series 32-28 though the Eagles lost year at Mount St. Mary's 49-42.
Following a thrilling 72-71 win over rival Georgetown, Syracuse (7-2) returns to the floor on Dec. 15 and welcomes Old Dominion (7-3) to town. The Orange will play four more non-conference games before starting ACC play on Jan. 5 at Notre Dame.
Old Dominion has won five-straight games entering their game against Syracuse. In the Monarchs' last game, B.J. Stith led the way with 28 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
Tip-off is scheduled for noon ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.
Old Dominion at Syracuse How to Watch
What: Old Dominion Monarchs at Syracuse Orange
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
When: Noon ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Old Dominion at Syracuse Preview
Conference: ACC (Syracuse), C-USA (Old Dominion)
Record: 7-2 (Syracuse), 7-3 (Old Dominion)
Last Game: 72-71 win vs. Georgetown, 12/8 (Syracuse), 79-69 win vs. Fairfield, 12/9 (Old Dominion)
Leading Scorers: Tyus Battle, 18.0 ppg (Syracuse), Ahmad Caver, 18.5 ppg (Old Dominion)
Louisville (6-3) is looking to bounce back after a tough 68-67 loss to Indiana on Saturday. The Cardinals welcome the Lipscomb Bisons (7-2) to town for a non-conference affair.
Lipscomb, who was picked to finish second in the Atlantic Sun, has won five of its last six games including a 107-81 victory over Navy on Sunday in Nashville.
In the first year of the Chris Mack era, Louisville is averaging 81.7 points per game through nine games and upset #9 Michigan St. back on November 27, 82-78 in overtime.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus.
Lipscomb at Louisville How to Watch
What: Lipscomb Bisons at Louisville Cardinals
Where: KFC Yum! Center, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder)
Lipscomb at Louisville Preview
Conference: ACC (Louisville), Atlantic Sun (Lipscomb)
Record: 6-3 (Louisville), 7-2 (Lipscomb)
Last Game: 68-67 Loss at Indiana, 12/8 (Louisville), 107-81 Win vs. Navy, 11/28 (Lipscomb)
Leading Scorers: Jordan Nwora, 17.8ppg (Louisville), Rob Marberry, 16.9ppg (Lipscomb)