No. 25 Alabama awaits men's basketball for first road test
Monday, November 13, 2017
No. 25 Alabama awaits men's basketball for first road test

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team hits the road on Tuesday night for the first road contest of the year taking on No. 25 Alabama at 7 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The contest is just the third meeting all-time between the two schools.  The Crimson Tide owns a 2-0 advantage in the series and is the first meeting for the two teams since 2010. 

The game will air on the SEC Network with Dave Neal and Dane Bradshaw on the call.

Herd notes:

  • The Bisons are off to a 2-0 start for the first time in over a decade. The last Lipscomb team to start 2-0 was in 2006-07.  Lipscomb has never had a 3-0 start in the NCAA era.  The last time it occurred was before the turn of the century in 1999-2000 when Lipscomb started the season 16-0 en route to a 34-4 record.
  • Junior guard Garrison Mathews was named the ASUN Conference Player of the Week on Monday for his play in the first two games. The Franklin, Tennessee native averaged 31 points per game and hit 53.3 percent of his attempts beyond the arc.  He also made 31 trips to the charity stripe, were he sank 22.
  • Sunday’s contest against Morehead State snapped a streak of 20-plus assists of seven straight games. The Bisons have dished out 20 or more assists 23 times in the last three seasons.
  • Mathews led the way against Emory with a 37-point effort, just two points off his NCAA era record for the Bisons. The 37 points were the fourth most of any player in the country on opening night and ties former Lipscomb great Adnan Hodzic for third most in a game in the NCAA era.
  • 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.
  • 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 also 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).
  • Eli Pepper is quickly closing in on 500 career rebounds as he enters Tuesday’s game with 499. Only four players (Adnan Hodzic, Brandon Brown, Josh Slater, Malcolm Smith) in school history have reached the plateau in the NCAA era.
  • 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.