After a three-week layoff, Lake Land’s mens basketball returns to play against an opponent that has not played a game in nearly a month. Will both teams be able to shake off the rust? In order to break their three-game losing streak, Lake Land will need to do exactly that. 

Here is the preview for tonight’s game. 

Team Records: Lake Land (8-7, 1-4) @ Illinois Central College (6-6, 0-0)

Where: Lorene Ramsey Gym (East Peoria)

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at the door. 

Tip-Off: 7 p.m.

Opponent’s Past Results: Lake Land owns a win over ICC already this season. On November 9th, ICC traveled to Laker Fieldhouse and was defeated 103-69. After that loss, ICC won three straight against Olivet Nazarene JV, Illinois Valley, and Saint Ambrose JV. The team was then defeated by Three Rivers (84-81) and Mineral Area (74-48) at the Sechrest Classic. ICC then picked up two more wins over JV squads and then a 94-82 win over Illinois Valley. The team has not played a game since December 12th. 

ICC’s Top Players: Call it a balanced scoring effort for the Cougars. The team owns just one player in double figures offensively. The team has seven other players averaging at least 7.0 points per game. Coming off of the bench is the team’s second-leading scorer, Kyle Belgrave, who averages 9.5 points. The team is averaging 50.6% shooting from the field, 41.2% shooting from three-point range, and a dismal 57.8% clip at the free-throw line. 

Opponent’s Potential Starting Lineup

G: Josh Shannon, 6-foot-3 sophomore: 7.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.0 BPG

G: Cortland Soll, 6-foot-2 sophomore: 10.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 4.8 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.0 BPG

G: Keaundre Cooper, 6-foot-3 freshman: 7.8 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG

F: Lavel McIntosh, 6-foot-4 sophomore: 8.9 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.0 BPG

C: Matt Williams, 6-foot-7 sophomore: 8.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG

Lake Land’s Past Results: Lake Land has not played a game since December 17th where the Lakers were defeated 80-75 by Vincennes. The Lakers are on a three-game losing streak and have lost four of their last five.   

Lake Land’s Recent Starting Lineup

G: Arnardo Camacho, 6-foot-4 sophomore: 8.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 7.4 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.6 BPG

G: Johnny Close, 6-foot-4 sophomore: 12.6 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.1 BPG

G: Dailliss Cox, 6-foot-6 sophomore: 12.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.6 BPG

F: Amar Kuljuhovic, 6-foot-9 sophomore: 112.7 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.6 BPG

F: Yassen Hussein, 6-foot-9 sophomore: 13.7 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.9 BPG