The USC Upstate men’s basketball team puts the finishing touches on its regular season home schedule Wednesday at 7 p.m. when the Spartans host Lipscomb on Senior Night from the Hodge Center.
Spartan seniors Mario Blessing, Ty Greene and Fred Miller will be honored with a celebration of their careers at Upstate following the game with the Bisons.
Upstate enters the week in third place in the conference standings and would secure the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament with a victory over Lipscomb. The Spartans currently stand one game ahead of the visiting Bisons.
Greene continues to lead the Upstate offensive attack and ranks first in the A-Sun and 13th in the NCAA with 19.9 points per game after scoring 31 points Saturday at Florida Gulf Coast. The Knoxville, Tenn., averages 23.4 points per game in A-Sun contests and leads the league with 15 games of at least 20 points.
Fred Miller stands second on the team and 11th in the league with 12.6 points per game while ranking second in assists (4.1 apg) and steals (2.0 spg). Greene leads the conference and ranks 11th in the nation with 2.3 steals per game to help Upstate stand 13th in the country with 8.6 steals per game.
Sophomore post Michael Buchanan is third in the conference with 6.0 rebounds per game and second with 2.7 offensive rebounds per game. As a team, Upstate is 16th in the NCAA with 13.7 offensive rebounds per game.
Lipscomb has lost six of its last eight games and owns a 12-15 overall record and a 6-6 mark inside the league. The Bisons snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday with an 87-83 victory at Jacksonville for just their third road win of the season.
Sophomore Josh Williams is first on the team and second in the A-Sun with 17.3 points per game, while senior Malcolm Smith is fifth in the league with 15.0 points per game. Smith also stands 13th in the conference with 5.1 rebounds per game.
USC Upstate and Lipscomb will be meeting on the hardwood for the 16th time when the two schools tipoff Wednesday. Lipscomb leads Upstate 8-7 in the all-time series that dates back to the 2007-08 season. The Bisons have beaten Upstate two straight times after winning earlier this year in Nashville, but the Spartans have won five of the last seven overall. In addition, Upstate has defeated Lipscomb three straight times inside the Hodge Center and has not lost at home to the Bisons since 2011.