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The 2015 Bruins

In Features on November 14, 2014 at 8:29 am


Guys. It’s basketball season and just like last year, we’re all scratching our heads, trying to figure out what kind of Bruin team we have on our hands. The Byrd Cage is excited to figure it out with you by way of some good content this year.  Tonight’s game against Wright State will obviously be more enlightening than what you’re about to read here but until then let’s cover the basics.

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Adult Steve Reflects

In Game Posts on March 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Last night fellow Cager, Kyle Williams and I had optimistic conversation as we sobbed through Belmont giving away the last 2:29 seconds of last night’s NIT Quarterfinal to Clemson. It was painful to watch Drew Windler, who looked so promising at the beginning of this season, double-dribble his last possession in division-1 basketball.

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In Game Posts on March 8, 2014 at 2:16 pm
Reece drives to the basket?

Reece drives to the basket?

Well here we are again, folks. After graduating FIVE seniors, Belmont has earned the regular season OVC title and is playing against a very good EKU team in the OVC championship game tonight at 6:oopm on ESPN2.

To get here, Belmont had to beat a hot Morehead State team that had just defensively steamrolled Tennessee Tech the night before. We were worried that Belmont’s turnover-prone offense would have a hard time keeping things together against a team playing with a chip on it shoulder. Instead, Belmont’s insane shooting performance (FGM-A: 27-51, 52.9% & 3PM-A 11-24, 45.8%) naturally opened up the court to a defense that was on its toes all night.

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The Fury of Murray: A New Rivalry

In Game Posts on February 7, 2014 at 11:44 am

Photo borrowed from @jonathanshank

From the seats, this game had everything.  A convincing lead from the start by the home team, a swift return from the away team to even it up at half- and then a furious fight for victory at the end of the game all made for yet another riveting young chapter in the Belmont versus Murray State rivalry book.

From the seats, I don’t think I’ve heard the Curb Event Center that loud since the Lipscomb rivalry was, well, actually a rivalry.  Our student section was great, the band on point, and even that old person side that I sit on now stood up cheering for a large portion of the second half.

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Hoop Hour #2

In Game Posts on January 8, 2014 at 9:41 am

Editors Note: For those of you unfamiliar with the practice, Belmont holds an event once a month throughout the basketball season called ‘Hoop Hour’ wherein guests eat lunch [Sodexo] whilst beholding coach Newbauer and Coach Byrd breakdown game footage of their respective teams.

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The Weekly Wrap – The String Theory Edition?

In Game Posts on December 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm
"Ever Drink Bailey's from a shoe?"

“Ever Drink Bailey’s from a shoe?”

The Bruins lost to Indiana State. This loss, in and of itself, doesn’t really tell us much more about the Bruins’ chances for the rest of this season. However, this loss to the Sycamores puts to rest a December which I’m sure Coach Byrd would like to forget. Belmont finishes 1-5 on the month after going 7-1 during November continuing the ByrdCage’s theme for the season of “Who is this team?”

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The Weekly Wrap: Jono Talks Kentucky

In Game Posts on December 23, 2013 at 7:17 pm
Julius Randle ate our lunch.

Julius Randle ate our lunch.

With another loss, this time at the hands of national powerhouse Kentucky, Belmont finds itself in the midst of a number of different realities. First of all, the Bruins are experiencing their worst losing spell since the 2010 season (the team finished 19-12). Another reality is that the Bruins, as each successful year passes, face growing expectations (maybe that’s just from the writers on this blog and not the readers…). But the most important reality facing the Bruins is that they are still only in the midst of their “preseason” and seasons at Belmont are built on the conference schedule. So lets try to put these realities in context.

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Hoop Hour #1

In Game Posts on December 11, 2013 at 11:08 am
Rick gets interviewed by guys with cameras.

Rick gets interviewed by guys with cameras.

I don’t always eat lunch [I pretty much always eat lunch] but when I do [seriously, always] I go to Belmont and  listen to one of the greatest living basketball coaches on the planet break down film. Where are you people? I don’t know.

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The Weekly Wrap – Contain Your Excitement…

In Game Posts, Weekly Wrap on December 9, 2013 at 8:03 am
He's smart.

He’s smart.

Editor’s Note: So, even though Dunn’s recent post on the boro has MTSU fans googling our home addresses in fits of rage – I think we are starting to get our act together here. Each week, we are going to try and have a post up on monday morning reviewing what happened last week and looking ahead at the coming week. Consider it a weekly state of the state address. Nicky B is kicking things off with some talk about Craig’s Brain, Brookings South Dakota, and Ian Clark’s mediocre Senior year.

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Brian Dunn Uncaged: MTSU

In Game Posts on December 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm


Editors Note: Behold! This is the second installment of our Double Take on The Battle in The Boro (Read Part I here). We can’t remember if Dunn has written a post for The Cage yet, but he’s been around. He’s a loyal Belmont expat and is totally pissed about the existence of  MTSU – and possibly Murfreesboro. His thoughts from afar…

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