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Belmont opens the season at Wright State Friday. Here’s a look at some of the important numbers:

The Good

67.1% Wright State lost more than two-thirds of their scoring production last year to graduation, including their top four scorers, and five of their top six. Their top returner? J.T. Yoho, who averaged 7.5 points per game. The bad news: two of their top three-point shooters are back.

The Bad(ish)

5-3Belmont has been the class of the Atlantic Sun / Ohio Valley Conference over the past eight year, but is just 5-3 in season openers. A big reason why: during that span they’ve played Duke, Cincinnati, and Tennessee. They only lost two of those, beating the Bearcats during the 2008-09 year. They’ve kicked off the season against Wright State before, beating the Raiders 86-80 during the 2005-06 season.

The !?*#%!$@

0Belmont played zero exhibition games this year. Instead, they played a pair of “secret scrimmages” against Wofford and Mercer. The good news is they have possibly six halves (many of these scrimmages are three halves, not two) of experience against Division I competition. The bad news is…we haven’t seen them play yet.


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Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11


2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall

EAST

Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19

WEST

UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24


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