10 things to know about the 2015-16 MBB schedule
Summer is drawing to a quick close and basketball season will be here before you know it. Here are 10 things you need to know about the 2015-16 Lipscomb men’s basketball season and thoughts from head coach Casey Alexander.
- The Bisons are competing in two tournaments during the 2015-16 slate with a trip to the 49th Annual Cable Car Classic hosted by Santa Clara and an appearance in the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic.
“There’s a lot of tradition with the Cable Car Classic. They’ve been hosting a lot of good teams for a long time. We’re excited about traveling to the west coast and being a part of that. Both tournament fields will be very challenging for us with six opponents that are quality mid-major teams.”
- The “Battle of the Boulevard” moves to December after being held in November for the last three seasons. The Bisons will battle the Bruins at the Curb Event Center on Dec. 1 before hosting Belmont just less than a week later at Allen Arena on Dec. 7.
“It’s going to be nice to not start out against Belmont but it will still be two tough games against them. It will be a little bit of a different flavor since we will both have a few games under our belts and the college basketball world will know that the season has started before we play each other.”
- The “Music City” will play host to all eight games for Lipscomb during the month of December with contests against Tennessee Tech, Belmont, Cumberland, Princeton, Tennessee State, Austin Peay and Chattanooga on the slate.
“It will be nice to be at home so to speak but we have a lot of games packed into that stretch. When you combine that with exams it will be very challenging.”
- The Bisons will make an inaugural trip to Newark, New Jersey to take on Atlantic Sun Conference newcomer NJIT on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The Highlanders will make their first-ever appearance at Allen Arena on February 1st.
“That will be an interesting trip. I wish that it wasn’t in the middle of the week. That turns into a difficult trip because it becomes a 3-day trip in the middle of the week while class is in session. We’re excited about starting that new chapter and are very happy to have them in the league. They’re a good addition to our league competitively.”
- The Atlantic Sun Conference tournament returns to campus host sites for the third consecutive year.
“I think it’s the best model for our league. If you look at the host teams from the two seasons that we’ve played the postseason this way and it’s created some real energy. You look at the 6,000 people last year at North Florida’s championship game. There’s no way we’re going to get that at a neutral site. One real advantage that we’re learning comes from that is the carry over from one season to the next for the teams that host those games and build that excitement. It creates some real energy and enthusiasm going into the next season.”
- Six of the eight games in the month of December will be hosted on campus at Allen Arena.
“That’s the good news. The bad news is we only have one game prior to December at home.”
- Princeton will become the first Ivy League school to make an appearance at Allen Arena when the Tigers come to town on Dec. 12th.
“It should be a good game and an exciting name from a national name recognition standpoint. I think people here will be excited about not only the name but their unique style of play. We went up there and laid an egg last year. So from a competitive standpoint I’m looking forward to having them come to Nashville.”
- After taking on a pair of Southeastern Conference opponents in each of the last three years, the Bisons will take on just one SEC foe in 2015-16 with a “Black Friday” road contest against South Carolina. It marks the first meeting between the two schools since 2006.
- With the tournaments on back-to-back weekends to open the season, the Bisons will only be able to squeeze a couple of practices as the Purple and Gold play seven games in 10 days.
“That creates some pretty unique challenges for us. It’s not ideal as a coaching staff but I’m still anxious to see how we pull through that. That’s a tough time of the year to not be practicing a lot.”
- Season tickets are now on sale: visit www.LipscombTickets.com to secure your seats for the season.
“This will be another exciting season of Bison basketball and we look forward to seeing another season-ticket record get smashed. Our team has worked hard during the offseason and we are anxious to get back on the court at Allen Arena with our fan’s support.”