As of this writing, the Vegas line for tonight’s game paints the Bruins as 21 1/2 point favorites over the Golden Eagles. Given the Bruins beat TTU by 29 at their place less than a month ago, Vegas is being quite kind.
But given the unlikeliest of upsets just two days ago, Tennessee Tech has to feel at least somewhat empowered that they can do the same, and be the first to knock off Belmont.
Did I mention Jud Dillard went for 21 points and 13 rebounds in that game? And they still nearly lost by 30?
That’s not really helping, is it?
I’m not certain what exactly the path to a Golden Eagles upset would be. There has to be one, I’m just struggling to imagine it. Somewhat obviously, Belmont has to have an off shooting night, something that’s few and far between to say the least. Their last sub 50% shooting game was against Tennessee State, a game they won by 12. Their last sub 40% shooting game? Central Florida, in December. Which also happens to be the Bruins last loss.
So sub 40% shooting is a must. As is a double-double from Dillard. Dennis Ogbe is coming off a double-double of his own, and has six double-digit scoring games in conference play, so a good night from him would help their cause as well.
Tennessee Tech is second in the conference in forcing turnovers, which is great. They’re also 11th in the conference in committing turnovers. So, if they could get one without the other, that might be perfect. TTU is also a better rebounding team than the Bruins, although they lost the battle of the boards the first time around.
Is that enough to make up 29 points? Maybe.
Let’s be honest, Belmont has nearly been caught looking ahead once this year, scraping by Morehead State two days before a high profile rematch against Eastern Kentucky.
So who’s next on the schedule for the Bruins? Murray State. Yeah, that’s a fairly big game. Still, it would take quite a letdown to lose tonight, at home, where Belmont is undefeated this season, right?
I keep waiting for Ian Clark to cool down, but it just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. His 18 points on 6-9 shooting in the Bruins blowout over Morehead State Thursday was his worst night in conference play since the opener against Jacksonville State. That was almost a month ago. Someone try and explain to me how Clark isn’t an All-American. The comment section is below. As a note, all my responses will reference Isaiah Canaan’s statistics last season, almost all of which are being eclipsed by Clark this season.