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Sunday, January 16, 2011It’s the most important game for the Lipscomb Bisons simply because it is the next one on the schedule.
The Bisons are in need of a comeback after losing 88-52 at Belmont Thursday night. Campbell, the Bisons’ opponent Monday night at Allen Arena at 7:15, is coming off a 90-55 loss at Belmont Saturday.
“Each game is important,” Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson said. “It will be important how we respond and play.
“We got beat in every facet of the game against Belmont. We have to understand it and we have to accept it. We have been disciplined in practice. Now we have to take that discipline into the games. That is the question.”
The Bisons, 9-7, 4-3 in the Atlantic Sun, are 6-3 overall against Campbell at Allen Arena. The last two seasons they have split regular season games. The Bisons have lost to Campbell the last two times at Allen Arena. Campbell, 9-7, 3-4 in the conference, won 86-82 at Allen Arena last season. In 2009 they used a 3-point shot at the buzzer to take a 69-68 win over the Bisons.
“Campbell plays hard,” Sanderson said. “They are extremely athletic. They press a lot. They play some zone. They do a lot of different things. They are very dangerous.”
Sanderson is worried about Campbell, but at this stage of the season he is most concerned with what is happening with his team.
The need to be more disciplined on the court, no matter what the circumstances, has been a problem for the Bisons.
“We have to learn that regardless of what happens we have to be more disciplined about what we do in terms of shot selection and more disciplined on both sides of the ball,” Sanderson said. “We have to be disciplined when things are good and we have to be disciplined when things are not going that well.
“The discipline part is getting the shot that we want, not the shot that the other team wants you to take. Against Belmont we took the shots they wanted us to take.”
The Bisons played a disciplined brand of basketball through most of the non-conference portion of the schedule, but have struggled in the last few games.
“Earlier in the year in every close game we had, including both Austin Peay games and Tennessee Tech on the road; we executed and won,” Sanderson said. “It is the same team that got beat by 36 against Belmont.
“The thing is that it is fixable. And we are going to fix it.”
In the practice sessions since the Belmont loss the theme has been the drive for the ultimate goal _ a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
“We have 40 days to figure it out,” Sanderson said. “We know what our ultimate goal is. We want to figure out what we are doing sooner than later obviously.
“If some guys don’t completely buy in we might take another step backwards to take two steps forward. They are getting the message. In our practices they have embraced it. If they don’t embrace our mission in games they won’t play.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.