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ESPN3.com to air Jan. 13 "Battle of the Boulevard"

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

MACON, Ga. - The Atlantic Sun Conference and ESPN reached an agreement to air one of the nation’s top rivalries, Lipscomb at Belmont, exclusively on ESPN3.com. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, January 13 from the Curb Event Center.

The “Battle of the Boulevard” series immediately rose to in stature to become the A-Sun’s most competitive rivalry since the two Nashville-based universities joined the Atlantic Sun over the past 10 years. Since the series resumed in 2004, it has produced five overtime contests. No other series in the country has featured as many OT games.

The Belmont-Lipscomb rivalry is everything that makes college basketball special and we are truly excited to present it to the national audience it deserves,” Atlantic Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart said. “Fans will be treated to a passionate sell-out crowd, great coaching and intense, high caliber basketball. We appreciate our partnership with ESPN and are proud to have this as an exclusive production on ESPN3.com.”

This meeting marks the second time the Bisons and Bruins have appeared on the ESPN family of networks. The two battled for the conference’s automatic bid in the title game of the 2006 General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Championship.

“The Lipscomb-Belmont rivalry is great for college basketball and the city of Nashville,” Lipscomb head coach Scott Sanderson said. “We are excited that ESPN has chosen to broadcast the game as part of its slate of exclusive ESPN3 broadcasts.”

This year’s editions of the Bruins and Bisons hold promises of another spirited set of meetings between the two rivals - separated by less than three miles. Led by Adnan Hodzic, the A-Sun’s reigning Player of the Year, Lipscomb landed atop the A-Sun preseason coaches’ and media rankings. Belmont features the 2009-10 Freshman of the Year, Ian Clark, among 11 returners from last season’s 19-win squad.

The Atlantic Sun and ESPN have long enjoyed a partnership that first began with the airing of the conference’s tournament title game back in 1989. For the past two seasons, all of the conference’s CSS/A-Sun Game of the Week contests have been available on the ESPN Full Court package and on ESPN3.com (then-ESPN360). During this 2010-11 season, Belmont has two scheduled games on ESPNU, beginning with Tuesday’s Don Meyer Classic against Northern State. The Bruins will face nationally-ranked Tennessee at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, as part of the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off and ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

The game will feature ESPN production, graphics and talent. The game will not be available on ASun.TV, per agreement.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts five of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.