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