The street to March Insanity begins in November — and it seems to be prefer it’ll be a troublesome journey for the Belmont Bruins within the upcoming season.
The boys’s and girls’s basketball schedules, formally launched the schedules for the 2021-22 season final week, present some match-ups that promise to be difficult, each at residence and away.
Each groups will face off in opposition to the same old Ohio Valley Convention opponents, and although the non-conference schedules look to be a more durable problem this season, an important alternative to extend nationwide recognition stands forward of the Bruins.
Following a historic 21-6 season final yr when the Bruins rolled with an 11-game win streak earlier than falling brief to Indiana College within the second spherical of the NCAA match, Belmont is hoping to go even additional within the match this yr.
The Belmont girls’s staff dominated in-conference play final season, dropping simply 3 of its 17 contests.
“In-conference play is all the time a problem,” girls’s basketball head coach Bart Brooks mentioned. “These groups know you so effectively, so it simply comes all the way down to executing and changes.”
Most high-profile recreation: Belmont hosts Auburn College, Dec. 15
The Bruins are in nice form after successful the OVC championship and beating Gonzaga College within the first spherical of the NCAA match, however the Tigers have a couple of huge wins to boast about, too. Successful this recreation may put the Bruins in nice form earlier than convention play begins.
“We’ve acquired numerous challenges in our non-conference schedule and I take a look at these as alternatives for us,” mentioned Brooks.
Season opener in opposition to a rival: College of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Nov. 9 on the street
Belmont will formally open its season on the street in opposition to in-state rival UT Chattanooga. After taking part in the Mocs, who ended final season 14-10, the Bruins head to Oxford, Mississippi to battle Ole Miss.
Residence, candy residence: Alabama A&M College, Nov. 18 within the Curb Occasion Middle
After three video games on the street, Belmont will open its residence season in opposition to Alabama A&M. Maintain a watch out for the bear statue by the Foutch Alumni Home — when it’s decked out in its Bruins jersey, a house recreation is about to go down.
Battle of the Boulevard returns: Lipscomb College, Dec. 2 within the Curb Occasion Middle
The Curb will play host to the annual Battle of the Boulevard recreation between Belmont and Lipscomb. Each the women and men will play nationally ranked neighbor Lipscomb, with occasions to be introduced.
Acquainted foes come to city: Convention play begins Dec. 30
The Bruins will ring within the new yr by kicking off convention play Dec. 30 in opposition to Southern Illinois College Edwardsville. OVC play will proceed all through the season till the ladies’s staff’s final recreation in opposition to Tennessee State College Feb. 26.
Regardless of a 26-4 file final season, the boys’s staff was narrowly edged out of a slot in March Insanity after dropping its convention championship recreation. With a purpose to get to the NCAA match this yr, they’ll need to get by way of a schedule stuffed with outdated associates and some new foes.
“We have now a difficult schedule,” mentioned males’s basketball head coach Casey Alexander.
“It is going to be a enjoyable expertise for our gamers and it’ll put together us effectively for OVC play and hopefully an NCAA match look.”
Most high-profile recreation: Louisiana State College, Nov. 22 on the street
Like the ladies’s staff, the boys’s staff will get an opportunity to beat a powerhouse SEC faculty when it performs LSU on the street. The Tigers have performed within the last 4 on 4 totally different events, most just lately in 2006. The Bruins may have their work reduce out for them simply two weeks into the season.
Season opener on the street: Ohio College, Nov. 9 in Athens, Ohio
Whereas the ladies’s staff battles UT Chattanooga, the boys will head north to play Ohio College, who’re the defending Mid-American Convention champions.
Again on the house court docket: Belmont hosts College of Evansville, Nov. 13 within the Curb Occasion Middle
The Bruins’ first street journey of the season gained’t final lengthy, because the staff returns residence for its first residence recreation of the yr in opposition to UE Nov. 13. This would be the first likelihood for brand spanking new freshman and switch college students on campus to see Belmont basketball within the Curb.
Match play at Walt Disney World: Over Thanksgiving break, the boys’s staff will journey to the ESPN Huge World of Sports activities at Walt Disney World for the ESPN Occasions Invitational.
Belmont shall be joined by colleges together with College of Kansas, College of Alabama, College of Miami, College of Dayton, Drake College, Iona School and the College of North Texas for the four-day occasion.
Convention play kicks-off: OVC play begins Dec. 30
Like the ladies’s staff, the boys will kick off convention play on Dec. 30 in opposition to Southern Illinois College Edwardsville. The staff’s final recreation and last shot on the OVC Championship is a house recreation on Feb. 26 in opposition to TSU.
PHOTO: Belmont’s Jamilyn Kinney hit the court docket in opposition to Murray State again in March 2021, serving to propel the staff to an OVC Championship recreation. The staff is hoping for one more run on the championship this season. Photograph courtesy OVC Sports activities.
This text was written by Landen Secrest, Harry Crane and A.J. Wuest.
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