2018-19 @ASUNMBB Season Preview: Lipscomb Bisons

2018-19 @ASUNMBB Season Preview: Lipscomb Bisons

ATLANTA, Ga. - With the 2018-19 ASUN Men's Basketball season approaching, we scope out our nine conference squads in preparation of the 41st season. The ASUN Conference Preseason favorites, Lipscomb enters the year with a plethora of returning players including all five starters from last season's squad that finished 23-10 and captured the ASUN Championship title and NCAA Tournament bid.

The Preseason Player of the Year, Garrison Mathews begins his senior campaign with 1,477 career points; most among all active ASUN players, after averaging 21.7 PPG last year and connecting on 90 three pointers for the Bisons. In league play, Mathews (21.5) and Rob Marberry (20.1) both averaged 20+ PPG as Lipscomb registered a 10-4 league record. Other starters back for the Bisons include Kenny Cooper, Michael Buckland and Eli Pepper. Cooper tacked on 10.1 PPG last year to go along with 3.9 APG & 2.1 SPG, while Pepper pulled down a team-best 7.9 RPG with 6.9 PPG. A starter in 28 games last year, Buckland contributed 7.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.2 APG & 1.0 SPG.

Entering year six under Head Coach Casey Alexander, Lispcomb's schedule features a solid slate of contests including a home-and-away series of the Battle of the Boulevard vs. Belmont to go along with road games vs. SMU, TCU, Middle Tennessee, Louisville and Clemson. Redshirt senior Nathan Moran returns to the court after missing all of last season due to injury. As a junior in the 2016-17 season, Moran averaged 11.1 PPG in 33 starts, while dishing out 4.2 APG and leading the conference in free-throw percentage (.859).

Active Career Leaders at Lipscomb
Games Started: Eli Pepper (94), Garrison Mathews (77) & Nathan Moran (68) 
Points: Garrison Mathews (1,728), Nathan Moran (982) & Rob Marberry (945)
Rebounds: Eli Pepper (746), Garrison Mathews (470) & Rob Marberry (353)
Assists: Nathan Moran (357), Kenny Cooper (220) & Garrison Mathews (181) 
Steals: Kenny Cooper (113), Nathan Moran (91) & Garrison Mathews (87)
Blocks: Eli Pepper (63), Rob Marberry (53) & Michael Buckland (34)

2017-18 Top Returning Statistical Leaders
Games Started: Rob Marberry (33), Eli Pepper (33) & Garrison Mathews (32)
Scoring: Garrison Mathews (21.7), Rob Marberry (15.9) & Kenny Cooper (10.1)
Rebounds: Eli Pepper (7.9), Rob Marberry (5.8) & Garrison Mathews (5.5)
Assists: Kenny Cooper (3.9), Michael Buckland (3.2) & Eli Pepper/Rob Marberry (1.9)
Steals: Kenny Cooper (2.1), Garrison Mathews (1.0) & Michael Buckland (1.0)
Blocks: Rob Marberry (0.7), Eli Pepper (0.7) & Michael Buckland (0.7)

Lipscomb's Schedule Breakdown
Home Games: 14
Away Games: 15
Neutral Games: 0
First Home Game: vs. Sewanee (Nov. 6 - 7:15 PM CT - ESPN+)
First Road Game: at SMU (Nov. 17 - 6 PM CT - ESPN3)
Opening ASUN Contest: at Jacksonville (Jan. 5 - 5 PM CT - ESPN+)

Roster Breakdown
Seniors: 5
Juniors: 3
Sophomores: 3
Freshman: 4

Coaching Profile
Head Coach: Casey Alexander
Alma Mater: Belmont, 1995
Record at Lipscomb: 84-76, Sixth Season
Career Record: 108-112; Eighth Season