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Lipscomb students await return of NCAA Tournament-bound team

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It's a Cinderella story that's only fitting for March Madness.

The Lipscomb University Bisons will play in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament for the first time in school history after a win over the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles in the Atlantic Sun Championship on Sunday. 

Inside Allen Arena, Lipscomb students watched history unfold on the court.

“Everyone on campus was ecstatic and so proud of the team," said Lipscomb freshman Carter Galbreath.

“There was a lot of tension in the watch party," said Robby Renfrow, another freshman at Lipscomb. "You could hear a pin drop and a lot of frustration."

Frustration during the midpoint of the game turned into a celebration when the final buzzer sounded.

“I almost feel like nothing that big has happened on campus before,” Renfrow said.

“I can't wait for them to get that experience,” said Junior Lauren Anderson, who was also part of the school's championship-winning women's volleyball team

“Just live in the moment," Anderson said, offering some advice to her fellow classmates. "There's going to be a lot of fans, a lot of noise, just soak it up. Not everybody gets this experience.”

The Bisons are expected to be named 15 or 16th seed in the tournament, and will soon find out their opponent for next's Sunday's game. 

There are eight different cities where the Bisons could play next weekend, including Nashville. The furthest they might travel would be to San Diego. 

No matter the distance, students say they are ready to roll.

“No matter where it is, we're going to drive,” said Renfrow. “This is a once in a lifetime experience. We don't know if we'll go back in the four years we'll be here, so we have to go, wherever it is."

A welcome-home party and pep rally will be held on campus Monday night at 10 p.m. 

Officials say the team's plane is scheduled to land at 10:20 p.m., with means the players won't arrive on campus until around 11 p.m.

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