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And We’re Off!

In Game Posts on November 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm


We are off and running in another Belmont Bruins campaign! As we all know, these non-conference/exhibition games show us things that we may never see again. Last year in the season opener at Lipscomb the Bruins had to gut out a sloppy win. They were adjusting to new defensive rules and no Ian or Kerron. It took time to readjust and all that season produced was an OVC Championship game appearance and an NIT Elite Eight.
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Adult Steve Talks NCAA Tournament

In Game Posts on March 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm


Editor’s note: Stats used in this article are from and include all games played during the season.

As The Mont makes their sixth tournament appearance, the school’s faithful fans have by now grown accustomed to the one-and-done Bruins. Perhaps, we are all just guarding our hearts – but the sentiment after the emotional OVC Championship game as well as Belmont drawing an 11 seed on Selection Sunday, seems to be that, ‘we’ve done enough’. I beg to differ.

4 Things to Watch for Thursday’s game:

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Welcome to March

In Game Posts on March 4, 2013 at 11:11 am

We have just finished watching our first season as a member in the Ohio Valley Conference. I wish we had time to go back and reflect on the great and wonderful things that we experienced for the first time.  For example, a coach’s decision to state that only his team could take down the mighty Bruins. Or the inexplicable tendency of the Prohm Stars to play only when they felt challenged. Or the greatness that is Ian Clark. But seeing as your calendar reads March, we must prepare you for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. In order to keep this article relevant, we will not discuss all teams that made the tournament and will focus on the contenders (I know, everyone has a ‘shot’, whatever). Let’s go! Read the rest of this entry »

Couldn’t Make It To Stanford Last Night? We Got It Covered.

In Game Posts on November 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

This guy shaved his head and then Belmont beat him last night 70-62.

It was a fantastic night to be one of the handful of Belmont Bruins fans at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, CA on Sunday.  As the Cardinal players, coaches, and fans grew subsequently confused, frustrated, and angry when the Bruins refused to relinquish their double-digit advantage through much of middle section of the contest, there was a growing sense among the red and blue faithful that we weren’t just playing the better game—we were the better team.  Read the rest of this entry »

Georgetown: The Deep Cut

In Game Posts on March 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

I may be biased, but the Belmont vs. Georgetown game should be one of the most exciting games this weekend.  This would be the college football match-up equivalent of Alabama or LSU against Oklahoma State. On one side you have a high powered offense- on the other, you have a “grind it out” style defense.

Every reference to statistics, unless I say otherwise, comes from this source.

Offensive Efficiency

I’m going to take a slightly unpopular stance and start by giving you a grain of salt. Georgetown is a very good team. Like, three seed in the tournament, fourth in the Big East type good. In all likelihood, if Belmont played in the Big East this year, they might have finished second to last at best.

But you wouldn’t know that by comparing these teams’ offensive statistics. Offensively, Belmont is in another stratosphere. The Bruins rank fourth nationally in points per game (81.5), fifth in effective shooting percentage (56%), fourth in assists per game (17.4) and third in points per possession (1.17). In each of those statistical categories, the Hoyas rank 142nd (69.1 ppg), 79th (51.5 eFG%), 95th (13.7 APG), and 63rd (1.07 ppp). If only these were the only statistics that mattered, right?

Now, you Hoya people will be tempted to say, “Hey, we’re in the Big East. You’re in the Atlantic Sun. (#truth) Of course your offense is going to look good.” First of all, thank you for the compliment. Secondly, you’re right; Belmont’s strength of schedule is nowhere near Georgetown’s but I think equally as important as WHO the Bruins played is HOW they played. Regardless of WHO they played, Belmont still tallied an average winning margin of 19.3 points on the season. Additionally, the Bruins scored 81 in Memphis, had a 52.6 eFG% in Cameron, averaged 14 APG in both the Duke and Memphis games and tallied 1.02 PPP in the same. Belmont’s numbers didn’t change materially against far superior talent to the remainder of their opponents.

My point is this: these numbers serve to indicate a particular style of play. Belmont likes to score a lot of points with a lot of different people, take care of the ball and be as efficient as possible. Belmont will do everything in its power to dictate the tempo of this game (as will Georgetown). If the Bruins can bait the Hoyas into an up-and-down type game, that style would appear to favor the Bruins.

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