The Byrd Cage

Belmont’s Home Opener and Summing Up The Maui Invitational

In Game Posts on November 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm

 

 

 

 

Tonight is Belmont’s home opener against cross-town Trevecca Nazarene.  Trevecca is right down the road, just south of downtown Nashville.  Let’s learn a little bit more about them.

The Trevecca Nazarene Trojans are in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).  They have, according to a news release dated Nov. 5, recently been accepted to the NCAA DII Great Midwest Atlantic Conference as a charter member for next year.  They have a 2500 student enrollment, and are of the Nazarene denominational affiliation.

As far as the basketball team goes, they come into this game with a 5-3 record, losing to NAIA ranked no. 18 Southern Nazarene University despite an impressive 28 point performance from 6-2 senior Michael France.  The Trojans also boast a 6-11 Junior from Belgrade, Serbia, Milos Macura.  Tonight the Trojans will look to prove something against a D-1 NCAA Belmont team that has been playing good basketball against top-tier NCAA teams.

 

Maui Invitational

 

In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, MTSU took Belmont to a double-overtime game in the Maui Invitational Regional Tournament Championship.  Belmont won 87-84 against against the best MTSU team some say we have seen.  Period.  We also thrashed Towson 87-41 on our way and brought our record to 2-2, yet so close to 3-1…

 

The Good 

J.J. Mann’s 19 points against MTSU.

The Good(er)

As a team, we had only two turnovers against Towson.  Almost error free basketball.  Amazing.

The Bad

Both Towson and MTSU out-rebounded us; 36-46 and 31-42, respectively.  Granted, we thrashed Towson, but it is still something to keep watch on.  This was our strength against both Memphis and Duke.

The Ugly

I so very desperately want Brandon Baker to get out of this column.  I really do.  And I know it will happen, but Baker made his first and only shot of the season against MTSU.  He is now 1-16 from the field.  He has tried for eleven 3-pointers and has missed all of them.  Here’s to a better season ahead for the guy.

 

Looking Ahead

After Trevecca tonight, Belmont gets conference opponents Kennesaw State and Mercer later in the week, an important time to start dominating the Atlantic Sun in our last year in the conference.  Something also to note, Belmont gets a Tennessee State team on 12/6 at home that beat South Carolina on November 20th, notching the team’s first SEC win in history.

 

Go Bruins!

 

 

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