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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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Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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