North Alabama seeks revenge on Lipscomb
Lipscomb (22-6, 13-2) vs. North Alabama (10-20, 7-8)
Flowers Hall, Florence, Alabama; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Lipscomb goes for the season sweep over North Alabama after winning the previous matchup in Nashville. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 2, when the Bisons outshot North Alabama from the field 62.5 percent to 49.2 percent and hit six more 3-pointers on the way to a 102-80 victory.
TALE OF TWO ROSTERS: Lipscomb has been fueled by senior leadership this year while North Alabama has relied on freshmen. For the Bisons, seniors Garrison Mathews, Rob Marberry and Eli Pepper have collectively accounted for 47 percent of the team’s total scoring, including 53 percent of all Bisons points over their last five. In the other locker room, freshmen Jamari Blackmon, Christian Agnew and Emanuel Littles have combined to score 43 percent of North Alabama’s points this season.
MIGHTY MATHEWS: Mathews has connected on 41 percent of the 200 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 11 for 28 over the last three games. He’s also made 85.5 percent of his free throws this season.
ASSIST RATIOS: The Bisons have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Lions. North Alabama has 37 assists on 73 field goals (50.7 percent) across its past three games while Lipscomb has assists on 46 of 73 field goals (63 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: The Lipscomb offense has scored 84 points per game this season, ranking the Bisons 11th among Division I teams. The North Alabama defense has allowed 73.2 points per game to opponents (ranked 207th overall).