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Belmont makes the short journey to renew their cross-town rivalry with Lipscomb. A look at the matchup inside the numbers

The Good

35.0%Lipscomb’s offense didn’t have a good night in a win over lower-division Berry College. The Bison shot 40% from the field — but if you take out Josh Williams’ 32 points, the rest of the team combined to shoot just 35% from the field. The did hit 11 three’s, but were just 32% from behind the arc. Another reason why the Lipscomb offense sputtered — 22 turnovers. That being said…they still scored 91 points and won by 21.

12Reece Chamberlain is listed at 6’1, which only makes his 12 rebounds in Belmont’s loss to Wright State all that more impressive. Belmont was +2 on the boards for the night, an area the Bruins struggled in at times last year.

The Bad

5Belmont had just five assists as a team last night. Last season — there wasn’t a single game they had fewer than 10. The year before, they had double-digits in every game, except their NCAA Tournament loss to Arizona, where they had just seven. Curious, I went back to look at their statistics from the Atlantic Sun. Here are season-low assist totals through the years:

  • 2011-12: 10 in three different games (@ MTSU, @ Jacksonville, @ Mercer)
  • 2010-11: 10 in two games (@ Lipscomb, vs ETSU)
  • 2009-10: 8 in two games (@ North Florida, @ ETSU)
  • 2008-09: 9 (vs Jacksonville)
  • 2007-08: 7 (vs Bowling Green)
  • 2006-07: 8 (@ Fordham)
  • 2005-06: 9 (vs UCLA)
  • 2004-05: 4 (@ MTSU — 11/29/04)

That’s nearly a decade since Belmont had fewer than five turnovers in a game.

21I didn’t have to go back quite as far for this one. Belmont’s 21 turnovers against Wright State are the most since they coughed up the ball 21 times against HAVOC and VCU. Last year, Belmont won just one game with more than 16 turnovers. (vs Eastern Kentucky in January)

The !?*#%!$@

5Belmont has won the last five straight over Lipscomb, by an average margin of 24.6 points. The first matchup last season was close, with Belmont escaping by four on the road. The rest of the five — blowouts.


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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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