Team preview: Lipscomb
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
Lipscomb's first season in NCAA Division I was an object lesson in perseverance. Sometimes if you weather enough blows, an unexpected bonus will drop in your lap. The Bisons lost 10-of-12 to close the '03-'04 campaign, including two bitter defeats to next-door neighbor Belmont.
However, in an April 29 legislative session, the NCAA Board of Directors commuted by one year the postseason ineligibility sentence of new Division I members, allowing the Bisons (and conference rival Gardner-Webb) to compete in the 2005 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament and by extension the NCAA Tournament. Under the previous rule a team had to be an active Division I member for two years before it would become eligible to earn a conference's automatic qualifier in men's basketball.