December 8, 2016

CARTERVILLE – In a period of four days, the John A. Logan men’s and women’s basketball teams will host two of the nation’s top programs. Saturday, Logan will host Vincennes with the women playing at 1 p.m. and men at 3 p.m. On Tuesday, Three Rivers will be at Logan with the women playing at 5 p.m. and the men at 7 p.m.

The Vincennes men are 10-0 and ranked second in the nation while the women are 10-2 and have been ranked in the top 25.  The Trailblazer men have had some spirited battles with the Volunteers and Logan coach Kyle Smithpeters sees another toss up game.

“I told the guys that the Vincennes and Three Rivers games give us an opportunity to show how we have improved,” Smithpeters said. “We’ve been up and down but with the return of Michael Tucker we should be able to challenge the top teams in the country.”

Tucker, pre-season All-American, has missed the last three games because of a family emergency. He averages 18 points and 9 rebounds per game.

Three Rivers (10-1), coached by the winningest coach in college basketball history, Gene Bess, beat Logan 75-63 in Poplar Bluff on Nov. 8.  In his 47th year as head coach of the Raiders, Bess has a record of 1241-361.

The Vincennes women are 10-2 and boast an international roster with great size. Five players are 6-feet or taller, including 6-5 center Claudia Stan from Bucharest, Romania.

“We look forward to the challenge of playing great teams like Vincennes and Three Rivers,” said Amanda Shelby, Volunteer coach. “We are coming together as a team and this gives us a chance to see where we stand at this point in the season.

The Lady Vols have won three straight to stand 6-3 on the year. Three Rivers is 10-2 and has won eight straight.