FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team made history on Sunday, clinching their first-ever bid to the NCAA tournament with a 108-96 victory over Florida Gulf Coast in the ASUN title.
When Bisons fans woke up on Monday, they realized it wasn’t a dream. Hundreds of messages rolled in on Twitter, and ‘Lipscomb’ was trending on the site immediately following the game.
Here’s a full rundown of news and notes from Lipscomb’s historic Sunday in Southwest Florida:
Loud and proud: Lipscomb brought a strong contingent of fans to the game, despite the 12-hour drive and just two days’ notice. A section of Bisons fans were seated directly behind the Lipscomb bench, including coach Casey Alexander’s family and athletic director Philip Hutcheson, in addition to parents and friends of the team.
Road trip: It wasn’t just parents and friends of Lipscomb that attended Sunday’s game. The Office of Student Life sponsored a bus trip to Fort Myers with 19 students, three staff members and two Junior Bisons in tow. The group painted up and made signs to support the team after spending Saturday night in Gainesville.
R-Low in the house: Lipscomb president Dr. Randy Lowry made the trip to Fort Myers along with his wife, Rhonda. Lowry was seen mingling with Lipscomb students in attendance and he was part of the on-court celebration after the victory.
Mascot Dance-off: The halftime show consisted of LU Bison dueling FGCU’s Azul the Eagle in a dance-off. While there was no clear winner, LU held his ground before cheerleaders from each team joined in on the fun at mid-court.
No Music?: Mid-way through the second half, head official Brian Shey went to the scorer’s table and demanded that the arena DJ stop playing music. Shey had warned the DJ on multiple occasions to not play music while the between quick stoppages in play, but it kept happening. The FGCU band then played during the remainder of the game’s timeouts.
Cutting down the nets: Each of the players, coaches and managers climbed the ladder to cut down their piece of the net. That included injured senior Asa Duvall, who just had surgery last week and was still on crutches. Alexander was the final one to climb the ladder, and he cut down the remainder of the net and slung it around in celebration.
Back to the Music City: The Bisons flight will land at Nashville International Airport late Monday night, and the team is expected to arrive on campus around 11 p.m. central time. Lipscomb’s exact arrival time will be announced on the @LipscombMBB Twitter when it becomes known.
National attention: Lipscomb received plenty of media attention following Sunday’s victory. In addition to being covered by all of Nashville’s media outlets, the Bisons were mentioned by CBS’s Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis, Fox Sports Radio’s Clay Travis, ESPN’s Dick Vitale, and NCAA.com’s Andy Katz, in addition to many others.
Bracketology: There is no consensus as to where Lipscomb will be sent for the NCAA tournament. ESPN’s Joe Lundari has the Bisons projected to play Arkansas Pine-Bluff in a play-in game in Dayton. CBS Sports analyst Jerry Palm has Lipscomb as a No. 15 seed playing No. 2 seed Duke in Charlotte.