LOCATION: Montreat, NC
CONFERENCE: Appalachian Athletic Conference
COACH: Lincoln Walters
LEADING SCORER: Matt Rushing, 11.3 PPG
LEADING REBOUNDER: Steve McBorrough, 7.4 RPG
LEADING ASSISTS: Terrell Mosley, 3.8 APG
ATHLETICS WEBSITE: http://www.montreatcavaliers.com
Montreat is in the same conference as Reinhardt, and Reinhardt was picked to finish sixth in the eight team Appalachian Athletic Conference. Reinhardt was picked to finish eighth.
Lincoln Walters is in his first year as the head coach at the NAIA school. He had been an assistant head coach prior to that. He has been busy since his days at Chattanooga as a player back in the late nineties.
Here is a quote attributed to Walters on the Montreat website: "Building young men in character and integrity through basketball has been a passion of mine for quite some time. I've had a passion for basketball my entire life and having the opportunity to use this passion to advance the Kingdom of God is truly a privilege. I'm grateful to Montreat for giving me this opportunity. My family, (immediate and in-laws) have a long history with this institution and have poured a lengthy part of our lives into what the Lord is doing here. Thank you for giving my wife and me the privilege to continue this tradition."
Montreat has played a very difficult schedule so far, having already played five Division 1 teams- and guaranteed to play two more in the Dr Pepper Classic. Their closest game of those five was an 18 point loss to Charleston Southern. Their biggest blowout in those five games was a 49 point loss to Longwood.
Montreat's Schedule To Date
October 29 @Emmanual 77, Montreat 61
October 30 Martin Methodist 97, Montreat 72
November 5 @East Carolina 85, Montreat 58
November 6 Montreat 71, @Warren Wilson College 59
November 9 @Truett McConnell College 96, Montreat 89
November 13 Montreat 121, Cincinnati Christian 110
November 16 @Appalachian State 101, Montreat 71
November 18 @Charleston Southern 103, Montreat 85
November 22 @Longwood 111, Montreat 62
November 23 Montreat 104, @Piedmont Baptist College 53
December 1 @North Greenville 87, Montreat 70
December 8 @King College 80, Montreat 66
December 11 @UNC-Asheville 86, Montreat 57
December 17 @Montreat 117, Florida College 72
CHANCES OF WINNING THE DR PEPPER CLASSIC
The Cavaliers have a very tough road to winning the tournament. They would have to beat the Mocs on their home floor, and then beat either Georgia State or Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The odds of them winning this tournament are slim to none. They may be able to sneak out a game if the other team really comes out unprepared, but the odds of them being able to win a second one is almost nil.
Although, the Cavaliers will be the fan second favorite, trailing only the Mocs, due to Lincoln Walters return to the Roundhouse.