Men's basketball preview: Lawrence at Ripon, at Monmouth

Lawrence men's basketball action Mason Materna
Mason Materna and his Lawrence teammates play at Ripon and Monmouth this week.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team faces a pair of difficult Midwest Conference road tests this week. Lawrence travels to rival Ripon College on Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. game and then heads to Illinois for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday at Monmouth College. Lawrence enters the games this week with a 7-4 record and in second place in the Midwest Conference with a 3-1 mark.