Sleeping with the Enemy: The Bisons of Lipscomb

Your Georgetown Fighting Hoyas get ready to burn some post-Thanksgiving calories against the Lipscomb Bisons and as usual we here at THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON are bringing you everything you need to know about our next opponent. Here to dish on all things Bison is our best blogfriend at Mid-Major Madness, your source for all things both mid-major and madness.  Let's do this.

Lipscomb beat Florida Gulf Coast not once but TWICE last season. Clearly, Lipscomb is amazing, right?

Haha, not exactly. Lipscomb did put a nice program together that had three straight winning season between 2009 to 2011. The Bison then had two straight losing seasons and decided to raid Casey Alexander from Stetson to rebuild the program. So far the team has competed in every game, except for the second match up against Belmont.  I wouldn't be surprised if this a premier program in the Atlantic Sun over the next two or three years.

Who are some of the players on Lipscomb that Georgetown needs to be aware of?

The Bison have four guys who can score on any given night, but none bigger than 6'5. Martin Smith, a 6'4 forward leads the way with 15 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Martin has a twin brother, Malcolm, who is also putting up solid numbers 13.5 points and 6'7 rebounds per game. Beyond the Smith twins, freshman JC Hampton had really looked strong averaging 13.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. The fourth guy to watch is Carter Sanderson who is the son of the former head coach Scott Sanderson (awkward...), Sanderson is putting together a nice year with 10 points and shooting over 40 percent from beyond the arc.

Where do you see Lipscomb finishing in the A-Sun this season?

Liam Jones, our Atlantic Sun reporter picked the Bison to finish eighth in our Mid-Major Madness Preview. The Bison certainly can finish higher, but they should be a middle of the pack team in the conference at best.

Who is Lipscomb's biggest rival?

Far away and their biggest rival is Belmont. The crosstown rivals play in the Battle of the Boulevard and after a clsoe game early this season, Belmont creamed Lipscomb for the sweep last week. The rivalry heated up a little this year when Casey Alexander took the job at Lipscomb, Alexander played at Belmont and was an assistant for 16 years for the Bruins under Rick Byrd. There isn't bad blood, but it's a healthy, fun rivalry.

Enough about you, let's talk about me!  What's your perception of the Georgetown basketball program?

I was really high on Georgetown to start the year and I still am. I think it's a team that is really going to mature together over the course of the year. Josh Smith has the ability to be a monster and he'll be fun to watch. I think the VCU win in San Juan might really act as a springboard for the Hoyas.

How was your Thanksgiving?  More importantly, please rank your favorite Turkey day dishes and tell me which ones you think are overrated.

My Thanksgiving was great, and I hope yours was as well. I think my power rankings would go:

1. Turkey

2. Gravy (what's turkey without gravy?)

3. Collard Greens (hey, I'm from the south)

4. Mashed Potatoes

5. Gravy (what's mashed potatoes without gravy?)

I think cranberry sauce is the most overrated, it's like the Notre Dame football of Thanksgiving. My mom's broccoli casserole sounds gross, but that's my dark horse pick.

What are your thoughts on whether the Washington Redskins should change the name of the franchise?

As you may know, I spent 3 years writing over at Hogs Haven and I've always been a Redskins fan. I get the argument on both sides and this is a team that I follow because they were my dad's team and his dad's team. I think a lot of people have fingers in their ears when it comes to the name and just doesn't want to admit that it may be offensive to some. I think a very small minority might be offended, but that's enough for me. I guess what I'm trying to say is I wouldn't have a problem if the name changed. I don't want it to change, but I'd understand why. I think one of the coolest ideas I've seen is Washington Warriors (which I'm not big on), but a helmet with a World War II era soldier on it. I just think that would be cool given the city that the team represents.

Final score prediction?

No trouble for the Hoyas 85-63

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