NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team is set to open its 87th season of play on Friday night hosting Emory at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
The contest will air live on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action from Don Meyer Court. To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com
- The contest will be the first ever meeting between the Bisons and Eagles.
- Lipscomb owns a 13-3 mark in home lid lifters in the NCAA Division I era.
- The game features the opening of the 17th season of NCAA play for Lipscomb.
- The Bisons are 19-0 at Allen Arena against non NCAA Division I foes.
- Lipscomb was predicted to post a second-place finish in the 2017-18 ASUN Conference race by a vote of the league’s skippers and the league’s media members.
- Juniors Garrison Mathews and Rob Marberry were both unanimous selections to the preseason All-ASUN team. The duo was also named All-ASUN by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
- Mathews was named to the 2017-18 Lou Henson Award Watch List earlier this week becoming the second Lipscomb player to receive the honor. The award is handed out annually to the nation’s top mid-major player. The Franklin native was also named an honorable mention mid-major All-American by NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk.
- The Purple and Gold return 81 percent of the offense from last year’s squad that was ninth-best in the nation averaging 85.0 points per game. Lipscomb also returns 85 percent of assists from a year ago when the Bisons ranked third in the country with an 18.2 per game average.
- Lipscomb finished the 2016-17 ranked sixth in the nation for 3-pt FG made. Mathews and senior Nathan Moran were a big reason for that effort as the duo combined for 179 trifectas. That figure ranks third in the nation among returners this season trailing Montana State (190) and Campbell (185).
- After opening the schedule with the first two games at home, the Bisons hit the road for six consecutive games and will not return to Don Meyer Court until Dec.4 when rival Belmont comes to campus.
- Lipscomb inked three high school standouts on Thursday when Alex Jones (Alpharetta, Georgia), Jaxson Strates (Orlando, Florida) and Jake Wolfe (Aurora, Illinois) signed their National Letter of Intent.