Mosley, a KSR founding father, once had a feature entitled “Know Your Enemy” in order for UK fans to be fully informed about their next opponent. While Mosley has moved on to bigger and better things, our enemies continue to be part of our life. I want to keep us prepared on a game-by-game basis.
“Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” -Bill Shakespeare
Today I come to you in an odd predicament. My alma mater is scheduled to play my lifelong favorite team. A team I write about. A team I’ve traveled all over our country to watch. A team I watched win a national championship eight months ago.
Making it even weirder is the fact that I am traveling with Lipscomb’s team to Lexington, eating meals with them, and staying in their team hotel. After the game, I’m riding the bus back with them.
All that being said, we here at Know Your Enemy have one job and one job only. That job is to get you, Kentucky fans, prepared for each and every opponent on the schedule. Just because I went to Lipscomb doesn’t mean we take this week off. However, just to be clear; Lipscomb is YOUR enemy. Not mine. The vitriol with which I often go at the opposition won’t be included today. Just letting you know. Let’s get started.
Lipscomb is located in Nashville, TN in the Green Hills area south of downtown. Guys, when your wife or girlfriend goes to Nashville to shop, Green Hills is one of the places they go. Besides the shopping, Green Hills is most well known for it’s traffic.
Lipscomb is home to approximately 2,700 undergraduate students. In 2002 when we weren’t in class you could find us in our dorm room playing mario kart on nintendo 64 or hooping it up in the SAC (student activity center). I’m not sure what students do now. Text messaging exists. It didn’t then. Current college students, think about your life without texting. How would you communicate with others?
Lipscomb plays it’s home games on campus in 5,000 seat Allen Arena. The arena also plays hosts to concerts and speakers on occasion. Phil, Kay, and Si, of “Duck Dynasty” will be headlining an event at the arena in April of 2013. The arena has also played host to Bill Cosby and Sinbad.
Jim Jinkins- This is not a picture of Jim Jinkins. This is a picture of Doug Funnie. Jim Jinkins, a 1975 graduate of Lipscomb University, created the Doug series and sold it to Nickelodeon. If you are younger than 25, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about and have no appreciation for Patti Mayonnaise and Skeeter Valentine.
Marty Roe- The mullet belonging to Marty Roe, the lead singer of Diamond Rio, got it’s start at Lipscomb University. Diamond Rio had five number one singles including “Meet in the Middle”, “One More Day”, and “Beautiful Mess.” Though you don’t hear much from Diamond Rio anymore, they’ll be playing at Wagon Wheel Theater in Warsaw, Indiana on 12-31-12 to celebrate New Year’s Eve and say goodbye to the year Indiana made the Sweet 16.
Dustin Lynch- A former golf teammate of mine and a 2007 graduate of Lipscomb, Dustin Lynch has recently burst onto the country music scene. You may have seen him play a show or two in Lexington over the past two years. Dustin made waves with his first single “Cowboys and Angels” and recently released his second single, “She Cranks My Tractor.” He is signed with Jason Aldean’s Broken Bow label and will be touring in 2013 with Keith Urban & Little Big Town. Life could be worse, I guess.
Cheerleading Scouting Report:
I most likely know people who know these cheerleaders. I’m going to sit this section out. We’re done here.
Lipscomb is a member of the Atlantic Sun conference. Before becoming a member of NCAA division one, Lipscomb was always a major player in the NAIA. They have a rich history on that level and had arguably the most popular summer basketball camp in the nation. The decision in 1999 to move to division one was opposed by legendary coach Don Meyer and resulted in him leaving the school.
Since joining division one, Lipscomb has a 176-179 record and has yet to reach the NCAA tourney. They have won the Atlantic Sun regular season crown on two occasions (2006, 2010) and have one NIT appearance in 2006.
Scott Sanderson- Sanderson is starting his 14th year as the head coach of Lipscomb University. He was hired away from Mobile in 1999 as Lipscomb made the transition to division one. He played his college basketball at South Carolina and is the son of former Alabama head coach Wimp Sanderson. You know, the guy that used to wear the plaid jackets.
Though Sanderson hasn’t taken the Bisons to the promised land of the NCAA tourney, he represents the university in a way the administration desires. Now that Belmont has moved on to the OVC, I’ve got to think Lipscomb’s time to dance is coming soon.
Lipscomb has 11 players averaging at least 9 minutes per game. It’s pointless to pinpoint a couple of them. They will be in and out of the game too much for you to ever know one certain person’s name. They have three players averaging in double figures, the most exciting and streaky of which is #4 Deonte Alexander. I watched the game they played against Murray State and he either has the biggest green light I’ve ever seen or he cares nothing about traffic regulations. Lipscomb will be undersized against Kentucky, but their players will play hard. If they don’t, they’ll be replaced by one of the ten other players that play regular minutes. Lipscomb has a set of twins. They have the same last name and they look alike.
*Also of note, Lipscomb’s players have their last names under their number on the back of their jerseys. This may not matter to you, I just didn’t want you to be caught off guard. You’re welcome.
The last time these two teams met on the court was on November 14, 2005. Kentucky won the game 67-49, but it was a two point game with 12 minutes left in the 2nd half. Kentucky was led by a guy named Rajon Rondo. I think you’ve heard of him. He had 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Lipscomb’s Eddie Ard was the game’s high scorer with 22.
Kentucky should win this game. No doubt about it. I’m anxious, as you are, to see how Kentucky plays after dealing with finals and having a week off from games. I’d expect them to come out a bit sluggish at the tip and then get into the flow. Lipscomb is not overly athletic, therefore I look for this to be a Kyle Wiltjer breakout game. I predict 20 plus points.
I’m excited for Lipscomb to get to play in this environment and can’t thank Coach Sanderson & Coach Senters enough for allowing me to tag along on the trip. Lucky for me, I’m attending this game as a member of the media and will not be allowed to cheer one way or the other.
We are on the bus now headed to Lexington where Lipscomb will practice and go over the scouting report. I will be documenting and tweeting about the trip. Follow me on twitter if you want updates (@AFlenerKSR).
As far as the bus goes, it has wifi. I don’t know if wifi is common on busses now because I don’t ride a lot of busses. But I do know this; If you are ever offered a bus with wifi or a bus without wifi, take the one with wifi. It’s newer and probably has a cleaner bathroom.