The Byrd Cage

Bruins vs. Tigers Tonight At Gentry Center

In Game Posts on February 14, 2013 at 10:22 am


How much does that picture rule? That’s Tech’s lil Samarrippas getting steam rolled by TSU’s Jordan Cyphers. Cyphers is a guy for the Bruins to keep an eye on tonight when they head up to North Nashville – but more on that later.

The big concern for Belmont tonight is TSU’s NBA prospect Robert Covington:


This dude is a true-blue beast and honestly we dodged a bullet in the first matchup on 1/19 as the  6-9, 204 lb Senior Forward warmed the bench due to a knee injury. Before the injury Covington was averaging 17.4 pts and 7.7 boards per game. Since the injury he’s recovered nicely averaging 12.7 pts and 6.7 boards per game (last three games). As Coach Byrd mentions in the Tennessean’s piece this morning, Covington’s ability to do it all creates plenty of opportunities for TSU’s Kellon Thornton, Patrick Miller, and Jordan Cyphers who all average double figure scoring in OVC play. In the January matchup at The Curb, Cyphers had a career high 23 points with SEVEN THREE POINTERS. With Covington back in the mix down low, Cyphers may have even more open looks in tonight’s game.

Additional Points
– TSU is 9-0 at home this year and have lost only a single home game in their past 20 contests. This does not bode well for the Bruin squad who has chalked up all of its 5 losses on the road this season.

– I’m looking for Coach Williams to try to stop the Bruins by playing tight perimeter defense, forcing The Mont to challenge Covington down low. Similar to the strategy Coach Prohm used against the Bruins last week.

– Rebounds on both sides of the ball will be tough to come by for the Bruins but look for The Mont to compensate by grabbing Patrick Miller turnovers.

– As a team, TSU is shooting the ball pretty efficiently. In their past 12 games the Tigers are shooting 45.5% from the field.  Belmont’s signature defense may have something to say about that tonight.

So good luck Bruins, you’re going to need it.

Also, good luck to all you saps ravenously checking the game on your phone under the table on your valentines date tonight. You’re pathetic. Ok, ok that’s me too.


  1. Your fans are suspect.

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