Lipscomb Battles With NC State For a Spot in NIT Semifinals

Lipscomb Battles With NC State For a Spot in NIT Semifinals

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Lipscomb looks to become just the second team in ASUN history to advance to the NIT Semifinals on Wednesday when they take on No. 2 seed NC State. The Bisons advanced to the quarterfinals after going on the road and throttling No. 1 seed UNC Greensboro last Saturday afternoon. The Bisons and Wolfpack square off on Wednesday evening in Raleigh at 8 PM CT on ESPNU. 

Lipscomb enters Wednesday's matchup with a 27-7 record and are making their second-straight postseason tournament appearance after earning the ASUN's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament last season. Led by Head Coach Casey Alexander, the Bisons have registered three-straight 20+ win seasons for the first time in the program's Division I history. The Bisons' 27 wins are a Division I program record.

Lipscomb is one of three ASUN teams participating in postseason play, joining Liberty (NCAA) & NJIT (CIT). It marks the fifth time in the last six seasons with at least three league teams in postseason action. The ASUN is 4-1 in postseason action so far this season after Liberty upset Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to fourth seeded Virginia Tech last Sunday night. NJIT is set for CIT Quarterfinal action on Thursday vs. Hampton. Make sure to follow @ASUNMBB and #NIT on Twitter for updates throughout the tournament.

Lipscomb NIT Postseason Notes
- Lipscomb is the second team in league history to reach the NIT Quarterfinals joining UALR in 1987. The Bisons have defeated Davidson & UNC Greensboro, both on the road, to reach the Quarterfinals.
- Against top-seeded UNCG, Lipscomb led the Spartans by as much as 29 with 7:41 left in the second half as the Bisons held on for a 86-69 victory. Rob Marberry led the scoring with 24 followed by 21 from Garrison Mathews.
- Lipscomb's 17-point victory vs. UNCG marked the highest margin of victory for an ASUN team in the NIT with the previous best of eight, which Lipscomb tied in its 89-81 win vs. Davidson.
- The Bisons' win vs. Davidson marked the program's first-ever Division I postseason victory. Michael Buckland scored a season-high 19 points, while Rob Marberry chipped in with 17 points and four rebounds.
- Lipscomb earned a share of its third ASUN Regular Season title and first since the 2009-10 season. The Bisons finished with a 14-2 record tied with Liberty as their 87.5 win percentage is a program record. Lipscomb's 27 wins this year marks their most since the 1999-00 season as an NAIA member when they finished 34-4.
- The Bisons can become the first league team since 1987 to move to the NIT Semifinals with a win against NC State. Wednesday's matchup will mark the second matchup between the Bisons and Wolfpack with the previous coming on Dec. 20th, 2008.
- At 27-7, Lipscomb has posted its third-straight 20-win season for the first time in the program's Division I history. The Bisons last accomplished the feat in the 2000-01 season as they strung together 18-straight 20+ win seasons starting in the 1983-84 season. Their 27 wins are a Division I program record.
- The ASUN Conference was the last undefeated league in postseason action as ASUN teams combined for a 4-0 record before Liberty's loss to Virginia Tech in the NCAA Second Round. NJIT added a win in the CIT to go along with Lipscomb's two wins in the NIT.
- Lipscomb ranks seventh in the nation for scoring at 83.6 PPG, sitting just ahead of Duke (83.5). The Bisons rank in the top-20 for three other categories; Scoring Margin (+14.3; 7th), Assists (17.4; 8th), & FG% (48.6; 17th). NC State enters averaging 79.7 PPG and sit with a 24-11 record including a 9-9 mark in the ACC.