ASUN tabs men's hoops second, Marberry and Mathews named preseason all-conference
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
ASUN tabs men's hoops second, Marberry and Mathews named preseason all-conference

LAKEPOINTE, Ga. – With tipoff of the season just over three weeks away, the ASUN Conference has announced the 2017-18 Men’s Basketball Preseason honors and polls with Lipscomb well represented.  Juniors Rob Marberry and Garrison Mathews were both unanimous preseason All-ASUN selections, while the Bisons were predicted to finish second in the league standings by both the coaches and the media.

Receiving the highest preseason ranking since 2010, the Bisons were predicted to finish behind last year’s ASUN tournament and regular season champion FGCU in both polls.

“The preseason predictions are obviously a result of where we finished last season combined with the fact that we return a significant portion of that team,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander.  “Now it's time to see what this year's team can accomplish.”

Marberry and Mathews’ honors come as both were 2017 ASUN All-Conference selections with Mathews a member of the all-league first team, while Marberry was a second-team selection last season.  The duo were previously chosen preseason All-ASUN by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Athlon Sports, and MidMajor Madness.

“Garrison and Rob are so valuable to our team and both will have tremendous careers here,” said Alexander. “To think we have them for two more seasons is exciting.  Now we need them to be great leaders and help elevate the program to levels we haven't reached before.”

Marberry and Mathews were also named to the College Court Report All-ASUN first team on Tuesday with Mathews garnering preseason Player of the Year honors.  Senior Nathan Moran picked up a third-team nod from College Court Report as well.

 

Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll

Preseason Men’s Basketball Media Poll

1. FGCU (7)   

1.  FGCU (48)

2. Lipscomb

2.  Lipscomb

3. North Florida (1)

3.  North Florida

4. USC Upstate

4. Jacksonville

5. Kennesaw State

5. Kennesaw State

6. Stetson

6. USC Upstate

7. Jacksonville

7. Stetson

8. NJIT

8. NJIT

The Bisons hit the court on Nov. 10 hosting Emory at Allen Arena at 6:30 p.m.  Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 615-966-HERD (4373) or by visiting http://www.LipscombTickets.com