NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team continues home action on Tuesday night hosting the 140th edition of the “Battle of the Boulevard” as Belmont comes to Allen Arena at 6:30 p.m.
The contest marks the second meeting of the two teams in just a week’s time as the two teams battled to a 64-62 win at the Curb Event Center last Tuesday as the Bruins claimed a last second win over the Bisons. Lipscomb owns a 73-66 edge in the all-time series that dates back to 1953.
Tuesday night’s game from Don Meyer Court will be aired live on ESPN3 with father/son duo Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action.
Tickets are available by visiting http://www.LipscombTickets.com or calling 615-946-HERD (4373)
- The Lipscomb-Belmont rivalry is the closest basketball rivalry in NCAA DIvision I as the two schools are separated by just two miles. Cincinnati/Xavier and Rice/Houston each sit three miles apart.
- The ties between the two coaching staffs are deep with Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander having starred on the court for the Bruins from 1991-95 before joining Rick Byrd’s staff for 16 seasons. Bisons assistant coach Steve Drabyn was also a standout guard for Belmont from 2000-04 and was recently inducted into the Belmont Athletics Hall of Fame. Lipscomb associate head coach Roger Idstrom also spent from 2000-11 on the Belmont bench as one of Byrd’s assistants. Belmont assistant coach Brian Ayers suited up for the Bisons from 1989-93 under legendary coach Don Meyer.
- Alexander enters the contest looking for his first win against his mentor having gone winless in nine previous attempts.
- The Bisons are in the midst of a five-game swing against Ohio Valley Conference opponents taking on Belmont twice, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State and Morehead. In all, Lipscomb will play eight games against OVC opponents this season.
- Sophomore center Rob Marberry notched a NCAA era record for the Bisons at Belmont by going a perfect 11-for-11 from the field. The feat broke the previous mark of 8-for-8 by Michael Teller in 2008 against USC Upstate and is the best by any player against Belmont in the NCAA era. His streak eventually reached 15 straight buckets before he missed his second shot against TSU on Saturday.
- Marberry was honored for his efforts by the ASUN being named the league’s Newcomer of the Week for his play. He averaged 16.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 1.7 bpg and shot 71.2 percent from the field.
- Notching 104 points against Tennessee Tech, the Bisons set a school mark for points against an NCAA Division I opponent in regulation and tied the mark for most points against an NCAA Division I opponent overall. The previous time was in 2012 in an overtime win against Stetson.
- After setting the school record for 3-pointers made in 2015-16 (331), the Bisons aerial attack is in full swing again this season. With ten games in the books, Lipscomb ranks 9th in the NCAA with 89 treys made so far.
- Despite the potent aerial assault, the Bisons hit just one trey in the loss at Belmont marking the first time since 2008 that Lipscomb failed to hit two or more shots beyond the arc. The Purple and Gold responded by hitting 14 against Tennessee Tech on Thursday night
- The Bisons were tabbed to finish fourth in ASUN league standings by a vote of the league coaches. That was two slots higher than the media, who predicted a sixth-place finish for Lipscomb. Both groups forecasted a first-place finish for reigning tournament champion FGCU.
- The league skippers voted senior guard Josh Williams onto the preseason All-ASUN team. Williams returns for his final campaign after becoming the fastest player in the NCAA era to reach the 1,000 point mark last season. Williams became the 45th member of the exclusive club before a knee-injury sidelined him before the Christmas break. Williams returned to the Lipscomb lineup against Sewanee scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds.
- Williams sits 33rd all-time in scoring with 1,178 after surpassing J.C. Hampton, who ranks 34th with 1,167. Williams trails Michael Green, who finished with 1,198.
- Lipscomb returns 74.1 percent of the offense from 2015-16 that nailed an NCAA era school record 331 shots from beyond the arc. The Bisons also set the school mark for most points in a season with 2,590.
- Nearly half of the Lipscomb roster is from the Nashville metropolitan area. Seven players (Rob Marberry - Nashville, Cam Miller - Franklin, Nathan Moran - Franklin, Asa Duvall - Brentwood, John Matt Merritt - Nashville, Kenny Cooper - Nashville, Garrison Mathews) call the Music City home.