Aug. 15, 2005
Lipscomb University's men's basketball team will open the 2005-2006 regular season with a visit to Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., as one of the participants in the Guardians Classic.
The Bisons are scheduled to play Wofford in the first round on Nov. 13. The winner moves on to play the winner of the game between South Dakota State and the host University of Kentucky on Nov. 14.
Sixteen teams from 16 different conferences will play in the tournament with additional university host sites at West Virginia, Iowa and Texas.
The NCAA has awarded the Guardians Classic as special exemption. Only one game counts on a team's 27-game maximum regardless of how many games they play in the Classic.
"Just playing at Rupp will be exciting," said Lipscomb Coach Scott Sanderson. "It will be close enough for our fans to go there. It should be a great experience."
The four regional winners will play Nov. 21 and Nov. 22 in Kansas City.
The Guardians Classic promotes the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Guardians of the Game program, dedicated to recognizing the role coaches play in the lives of student-athletes and their communities.