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September 26, 2016

Celebrate your Asbury University spirit as the Eagles face off with the University of Kentucky Wildcats on Nov. 6!

WILMORE, Ky. — When the Asbury University Eagles face off with the University of Kentucky Wildcats at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6, it will be a contest of biblical proportions. Biblical in the sense of David and Goliath, that is.

Asbury men’s basketball will meet the eight-time NCAA champions in an exhibition at Lexington’s Rupp Arena. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Asbury has no tickets available for purchase).

Leading up to the game, an exciting lineup of events invites students, alumni and friends to show off their Asbury spirit.

  • On Nov. 4, Spirit Day will cover Asbury’s campus with even more purple than usual. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to show their Asbury pride by wearing the school colors. 
  • On Nov. 5, former men’s basketball players are invited to an Open Gym with coach Will Shouse ’02 and current players (4-6 p.m.). Dinner will be available following the event ($10/person). RSVP to
  • All alumni are invited to a pre-game Alumni Tailgate Party (4-6 p.m.) at the Salvation Army Corps in Lexington. Fifty parking spots are available in the building’s parking lot, only a 10-minute walk from Rupp Arena. RSVP at

Celebrate your Asbury University spirit as the Eagles face off with the University of Kentucky Wildcats on Nov. 6!

“We need everyone to come out and support our men’s basketball team and fellow alum, coach Will Shouse,” said Lisa Falin ’90 Harper, director of Alumni Relations at Asbury. “It will be great to be together, laugh, tell stories and to cheer on the Eagles! Go team go!”

For the Eagles, the exhibition will be a chance to bring the alumni community together, represent the University and sharpen their skills for the rest of the season. 

“We understand what we’re going up against,” said Shouse. “It’s definitely a David and Goliath match, but this is a chance for us to represent Asbury University, and that feels awesome.”

Whatever the final score, Shouse looks forward to success — a concept he says is much bigger than wins and losses.

“If we play hard, follow the scouting report and give it everything we can, that’s a kind of success; but if we win all of our games and yet don’t take any steps forward in our walk of faith, it’s a bad trade-off,” Shouse said. “You have to look at our graduates to see what success is. It’s how they work in their jobs, serve their communities and represent Christ.”

Asbury’s student-athletes experience the best of all worlds — thriving athletic programs, vibrant spiritual community and rigorous academics prepare them to succeed in all fields of calling.

“Even though you have a certain major, Asbury’s liberal-arts resources provide avenues so that you’re not locked into a single career,” Shouse said. “My players go on to be teachers, coaches, doctors, pastors and more. Supporting it all is the base of knowing and following Christ.” 

On a personal level, the game on Nov. 6 will be a meaningful moment for Shouse, combining his two biggest loves in sports. 

“I’ve been a Kentucky fan since birth and have a lot of respect for Coach Cal,” Shouse said. “I’ve been telling people it will be the one day in my life that I won’t be a Kentucky fan. But you know what? I’ll still probably be a Kentucky fan during the game. I’ll just be coaching the Asbury Eagles — the one team I love more.”


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