|March 04, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||KSU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.431 (28-65)||.518 (29-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.389 (7-18)||.300 (9-30)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (8-10)||.826 (19-23)|
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NASHVILLE – A new season begins Monday inside Allen Arena as the Lipscomb men’s basketball team begins its title defense of the ASUN crown when the top-seeded Bisons host No. 8 Kennesaw State at 7 p.m.
The Bisons have a quick turnaround after knocking off North Alabama on the road Friday night to win the program’s third ASUN regular season championship.
Head coach Casey Alexander’s squad enters postseason play 23-6 overall and 14-2 in conference play. The 23 victories match last season’s total for the most in a season for the Purple and Gold in its NCAA era.
The Bisons had a trio of players earn ASUN All-Academic awards from the league on Sunday. Seniors Eli Pepper and Matt Rose, along with junior Michael Buckland landed spots on the 9-man team. Pepper was the only 3-time selection among the squad.
Fans can watch Monday’s quarterfinal on ESPN+ with father-son duo Jonathan and Justin Seamon on the call.
To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com or call 615-966-HERD (4373).
Monday’s meeting will be the 29th contest all-time between the two schools with the Bisons owning a 21-7 advantage in the series after having won 16 of the last 18 against the Owls. They have won the last six matchups against Kennesaw State by an average of 15.2 points.
The last time Lipscomb entered the ASUN Tournament as the top overall seed in 2010, it also had a first-round matchup against No. 8 Kennesaw State. The Owls would go on to upset the Bisons 72-69.
SCOUTING KENNESAW STATE
- KSU comes to town 6-25 overall and 3-13 in the ASUN. The Owls snuck into the tournament on Friday after beating Stetson 83-82.
- The game will feature the leagues’ top two scorers in Garrison Mathews and Tyler Hooker. The latter is second averaging 19.0 PPG after hitting 1,000 career points in the last meeting with Lipscomb. He is also fifth in the ASUN in assists (92) and steals (47).
- The Owls rank third in the ASUN with 36.5 rebounds per game. Their 1,132 boards are third in the program’s DI era. Tyler Lockley ranks seventh in the league and leads the team averaging 7.1 per game. Isaac Mbuyamba is second at 5.2.
- As a team, KSU ranks fourth in the conference for blocks per game, averaging 3.4 per game. The Owls have recorded three or more blocks in 10 of the last 12 outings, including a program record 12 against North Alabama.
- The Owls are last in the ASUN averaging 63.2 PPG, while their 77.1 PPG allowed against ASUN foes also ranks ninth.
- The Bisons have reached at least the ASUN Semifinals in the past four seasons. Lipscomb looks to reach the ASUN Final in back-to-back seasons.
- Dating back to last season, Lipscomb has compiled a 35-8 overall record. The Bisons are 19-3 at home over that stretch and 25-2 overall in their last 27 games against conference foes.
- Lipscomb's 14.9 scoring margin is the 8th-best mark in the nation. It also ranks among the top 10 in scoring offense (84.1 PPG – 9th) and assists per game (17.5 – 9th).
- Mathews leads the ASUN in scoring at 19.8PPG and ups that clip to 21.3 in league games. He is seven points shy of taking over as the No. 3 scorer in ASUN history. James Florence (Mercer) is currently third with 2,287.
- Mathews enters the matchup as the ASUN’s all-time leading 3-point shooter with 330 career makes. He is third in the country having hit a trey in 40-consecutive games.
- Rob Marberry has scored 20-plus points in seven games this season. He is second on the Bisons in scoring at 14.6 PPG.
- After double-digit rebounds in three of his last five outings, Eli Pepper is the ASUN’s third-leading rebounder in conference games at 9.0. He is fifth overall at 7.8.
- Pepper moved into fourth all-time in the ASUN in rebounding on Friday, passing Centenary’s Albert Thomas (1986-89). He now has 972 for his career.
- Kenny Cooper ranks second in the conference for both assists (109) and steals (53).
- Lipscomb is 12-2 at Allen Arena this season with losses to Belmont and Liberty.
A win and the Bisons will host an ASUN semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday. A loss and the team awaits its postseason destiny.