These two teams met in Alumni Coliseum just a little over a week ago in a game the Colonels ran away with in the second half. If EKU can win today they will own the tiebreaker with the Bruins and sit atop the OVC East.
The best way to analyze this game is to look at what went wrong for Belmont and what went right for EKU in the first meeting and see if it can be any different this time around.
- The game was at EKU and on ESPNU meaning a large crowd and over 2,000 EKU students. Cory Walden called it the biggest crowd he had seen in his time as a Colonel. —Wont happen this time
- Belmont shot 9 of 30 from three, JJ Mann was only 2 of 9 but to EKU’s credit they pressured the ball handlers and closed out on shooters. I think Belmont shoots better at their home floor, however how much better? The Colonels didn’t get any slower the last nine days. —Neutral
- Cory Walden and Glenn Cosey combined for 31 points. Cosey only scored 13 on 1 of 8 from three, so these two players combining for over 30 points is almost a given this game. —Cosey and Walden will combine for over 30 points again.
- Eric Stutz won the battle of the forwards last time, even though he only grabbed three rebounds. Stutz finished with a career high in assists with five and added ten points to the stat sheet. Blake Jenkins had nine boards last Thursday but only three points. Stutz has been playing well but I think this time the Bruins forwards make the difference. —Bruins win the front court.
- No team really benefited from the whistle last week as both the Bruins and the Colonels battled foul trouble all game. Each team had a player foul out and the with the style these two teams play with I would assume this could be an issue again tonight. —neutral
In the end, I don’t think you can ever overestimate what home court advantage means in college basketball. I have thought since the preseason these two teams would split and this is exactly how it would go.