With just over a week remaining before Selection Sunday, it’s crunch time for a number of teams across the country.
Yes, that also includes those of the mid-major variety. Looking for a team that could potentially wreak some havoc in this year’s tournament field? Well, you may not have to look much further than the Belmont Bruins for that one, albeit they still have to qualify by way of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
While you may think that shouldn’t be a problem for a potential tournament sleeper, keep in mind that the Murray State Racers may certainly have something to say about that within the league’s remaining field.
Yet, let’s dive into what makes this Belmont squad so dangerous. Well, of course it first starts with experience, but that’s not all. The Bruins have never won a game in the NCAA Tournament, but they have qualified five times since 2006. In fact, Belmont is entering the OVC Tournament hoping to dance for a third consecutive year.
This year however, it’s been all about the Bruins’ scoring ability and balance. Belmont is currently ranked 17th in the nation in points per game as a team, averaging 77.2 per contest. In addition, Belmont features four players that are currently averaging in double-figures, while a fifth (Blake Jenkins) currently averages a hair under the plateau at 9.9.
The star power of both Ian Clark and Kerron Johnson certainly makes this team click, but the efforts of both J.J. Mann and Trevor Noack are irreplaceable from the Bruins’ perspective.
Should Belmont dance in the coming weeks, watch out. They are certainly a team that has the capability of creating some March magic.
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