Lipscomb Bisons men's basketball

The Lipscomb Bisons men's basketball team is the men's basketball team that represents Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference.[2] The Bisons made their first ever trip to the NCAA tournament in school history in 2018, when they defeated Florida Gulf Coast University in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament final.

Lipscomb Bisons
2019–20 Lipscomb Bisons men's basketball team
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UniversityLipscomb University
Head coachLennie Acuff (1st season)
ConferenceAtlantic Sun
LocationNashville, Tennessee
ArenaAllen Arena
(Capacity: 5,028)
ColorsPurple and Gold[1]
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Home jersey
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Away jersey
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Alternate jersey
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NCAA Tournament Appearances
Conference Tournament Champions
Conference Regular Season Champions
2006, 2010, 2019


Lipscomb has a 177–179 all-time record in NCAA basketball and a 96–76 record in Atlantic Sun games. Lipscomb won their first Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament title in 2018, despite winning the regular-season conference title twice before, in 2006 and 2010. The Bisons made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2018. They have competed in the NIT twice, in 2006 and 2019.[3] Lipscomb is also home to the top two all-time leading college basketball scorers, John Pierce and Philip Hutcheson. Lipscomb also won the NAIA National championship in 1986.

Battle of the BoulevardEdit

Lipscomb maintains a rivalry with nearby Belmont University, and the two men's basketball teams compete annually in a game known as the Battle of the Boulevard. The game is named for Belmont Boulevard, which both schools are located on; the 2 miles (3.2 km) separating the schools makes them among the closest rivals in NCAA Division I men's basketball. The rivalry began in 1953, when both schools played in the NAIA, and continued into the NCAA when both schools transitioned to Division I in the 1990s. Lipscomb leads the all-time series 73–61, while Belmont leads 14–9 in NCAA play.[4][5]

One unique feature of the rivalry is that the teams play two games each season on a home-and-away basis, even though they have not been in the same conference since Belmont left the Atlantic Sun for the Ohio Valley Conference in 2012. The only other non-conference rivalry in Division I that is played twice each season is New Mexico–New Mexico State.


NCAA Tournament resultsEdit

The Bisons have appeared in one NCAA Tournament.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
2018 #15 First Round North Carolina L 66–84

NIT resultsEdit

The Bisons have appeared in two National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Their record is 4–2. They were the runner up in 2019.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
2006 #10 Opening Round UTEP L 66–85
2019 #5 First Round
Second Round
UNC Greensboro
NC State
Wichita State
W 89–81
W 86–69
W 94-93
W 71–64
L 66–81

NAIA tournament resultsEdit

The Bison have appeared in the NAIA Tournament 14 times. Their combined record is 21–13. They were NAIA National Champions in 1986.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1982 #5 First Round #28 Kearney State L 87–92
1985 #17 First Round
Second Round
#16 William Carey
#1 Fort Hayes State
W 68–66
L 48–55
1986 #11 First Round
Second Round
National Championship
#22 Minnesota–Duluth
#6 Emporia State
#14 Central Washington
#7 Saint Thomas Aquinas
#25 Arkansas–Monticello
W 62–56
W 79–76
W 80–64
W 102–91
W 67–54
1988 #3 First Round
Second Round
#30 East Texas Baptist
#14 College of Idaho
W 89–63
L 108–123
1990 #1 First Round
Second Round
#32 Midland Lutheran
#17 Central Arkansas
#24 Pfeiffer
#4 Birmingham–Southern
W 92–73
W 70–66
W 125–83
L 96–98
1991 #3 First Round
Second Round
#30 Holy Family
#14 Briar Cliff
#6 Pfeiffer
W 106–75
W 89–87
L 95–105
1992 #11 First Round
Second Round
#22 Findlay
#6 BYU–Hawaiʻi
W 67–66
L 66–90
1993 #4 First Round
Second Round
#29 McKendree
#13 Life
#21 Georgetown (KY)
W 87–72
W 94–89
L 91–101
1994 #12 First Round #21 Saint Mary's (TX) L 62–77
1995 #18 First Round
Second Round
#15 Oklahoma Baptist
#31 Montana State–Northern
W 74–63
L 78–92
1996 #4 First Round
Second Round
#29 Talladega
#20 McKendree
#21 East Central
#1 Georgetown (KY)
W 91–78
W 95–87
W 93–75
L 84–97
1997 #7 First Round #26 Point Park L 100–111
1999 #17 First Round #16 Biola L 46–51
2000 #2 First Round
Second Round
#31 Saint Gregory's
#15 Central State
#10 Biola
W 77–66
W 77–41
L 71–82


  1. ^ Lipscomb University Brand Identity Guide and Stylebook (PDF). January 1, 2016. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  2. ^ "Lipscomb Bisons". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "2012–13 Lipscomb Men's Basketball Quick Facts" (PDF). Lipscomb University. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 17, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "Battle of the Boulevard". Lipscomb University. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "Belmont 89, Lipscomb 60". Retrieved November 20, 2012.

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