Dec. 7, 2007
LIPSCOMB BISONS (4-5) AT NO. 23/25 VANDERBILT COMMODORES (8-0)
Dec. 8, 2007
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast
The game: The Bisons make the short trip to Vanderbilt for the second year in a row. Last season the Bisons lost 59-50 after leading 27-21 at the half.
The Commodores are the first nationally-ranked team the Bisons have played this season.
The Bisons have won their last three games heading into the Commodores game.
They are 3-0 at home, 0-2 on the road and 1-3 on neutral courts.
The series: This is the 25th time the Bisons and Commodore have met. It is only the fourth time the two teams have played in men's basketball since 1952. The last three games have been played at Memorial Gym (Dec. 8, 1952, Jan. 24, 1955 and Dec. 7, 2006).
The Bisons are 0-3 at Memorial Gym and 4-20 overall against the Commodores.
Doubling the fun: Freshman forward Brandon Brown has already posted three double-doubles this season. He had 10 points and 13 rebounds at MTSU Nov. 16, 17 points and 16 rebounds vs. Samford (Nov. 26) and 19 points and 10 rebounds against Arkansas Tech Dec. 3.
Center Thomas Pfaff posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds against Centenary.
Ard hits the spot: Forward Eddie Ard is ranked 18th in the conference in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game.
He has led the Bisons in scoring three times with 12 points against Winston-Salem State, 19 against San Jose State and 19 at Purdue. He tied for the scoring lead against Samford with 17.
His 19 points tie him with Brandon Brown for the team-high this season in scoring in an individual game.
Golden Brown: Freshman forward Brandon Brown has been the gold standard for the Bisons so far this season , especially on the boards. He has averaged in double figures on the boards four times.
He has led the team in rebounding five times this season. He has also led the team in scoring once this season with 19 against Arkansas Tech. He has tied for the scoring lead once with 17 against Samford.
Brown is third in the A-Sun in rebounding with 9.1 per game. He is third in the conference in defensive rebounds with 6.33 per game and is fifth in offensive rebounding with 2.78.
Brown's 19 points against Arkansas Tech is a career high.
He is sixth in the A-Sun in 3-point field goal percentage (47.6), hitting 10-of-21 attempts.
His 16 rebounds against Samford leads the league in individual game performances on the boards.
Lusk's luck: Guard Michael Lusk has stepped up this season to be one of the more consistent players for the Bisons.
He has twice led the Bisons in scoring with 16 at MTSU and 16 against McNeese State.
Lusk is 14th in the conference in assists with an average of three per game. He is also 14th in steals with 1.67 per game.
He is 10th in the A-Sun with a 1.17 assist/turnover ratio.
He is seventh in 3-point field goal percentage 46.2), hitting 12-of-26 attempts.
At the Hop: Center Jason Hopkins is among the A-Sun leaders in several categories.
He is sixth in rebounding with 7.2 per game.
Hopkins is fourth in blocked shots with an average of 1.33 per game.
He has led the Bisons in scoring once with 14 in the regular season opener against Centenary.
Hopkins has led the team in rebounding three times with 12 against Winston-Salem State, 10 against Appalachian State and 11 against Arkansas State.
Bisons on the defensive: As a team the Bisons lead the A-Sun in scoring defense (66.3 points per game). They are first in rebound defense (32.9) and are also first in rebound margin (plus 3.9).
They are second in field goal percentage defense (40.9).