And at some point the coaches and players at North Carolina, or Auburn, or Michigan State, or Xavier – or whichever high seed gets the draw – will watch the first half Lipscomb just played.
The lead got that big because Lipscomb star junior guard Garrison Mathews had 26 of his 33 points in the first half, showing off the skillset and athleticism that should concern any coach of any team that will have to play the Bisons next.
2 seed in the opening game at one of eight sites around the country – one of them Bridgestone Arena.
The lead kept shrinking, the noise kept growing, and the fact that Lipscomb has just one true point guard – scheduled starter Nathan Moran is redshirting after surgery on both hips – kept looming.
Before the game, ESPN’s cameras caught part of the speech of Alexander, who was there the only other time Lipscomb played for an NCAA bid – as a Belmont assistant to Rick Byrd, helping the Bruins pull out a 2006 overtime win over the Bisons in the A-Sun final.