COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team is set to take the trip across I-40 on Wednesday night for a 6 p.m. nonconference contest against Tennessee Tech at the Eblen Center in Cookeville, Tennessee.
The game will be the 51st meeting all-time between the two Purple and Gold schools with the Eagles owning a 41-9 advantage in the season. The Bisons however swept Tennessee Tech a year ago in a pair of contests between the two schools.
The OVC Digital Network is slated to carry the game live.
- Lipscomb’s 4-2 start is the best since the 2010-11 campaign when the Bisons started the year 7-2.
- Junior guard Garrison Mathews was named the ASUN Conference Player of the Week earlier in the month for his play in the first two games of the season. 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.
- Mathews enters Wednesday’s contest as the top scorer in the ASUN averaging 20.7 points per game. That figure ranks the junior 45th nationally overall and 14th among junior guards.
- After opening the schedule with the first two games at home, the Bisons are in the midst of a six-game road swing and will not return to Don Meyer Court until Dec.4 when rival Belmont comes to campus.
- After trips to Alabama and Texas, the Bisons return to the “Volunteer State” for five consecutive games. Lipscomb heads to Belmont, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State before returning to Allen Arena to host the Bruins. The 5-game run ends at Tennessee on Dec. 9.
- 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 last 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 grabbed his 500th career rebound earlier in the season at Alabama. He is only the fourth player (Adnan Hodzic, Brandon Brown, Josh Slater, Malcolm Smith) in school history to have reached the plateau in the NCAA era.