It's the home opener for the Bruins, and despite the 1-1 record it has been a great beginning to the season for Belmont. On the other hand, as much as a 20-point win is nice for a team that lost its faces of the program, we still don't know what the Hilltoppers are for the coming year. The Bruins are a bit road weary and the Tops will be well-rested, so while on paper Belmont might be the better team, if there's a perfect time for the Tops to strike, the time is now.
When: Nov. 18, 2015, 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: Curb Event Center, Nashville, Tn.
Watch: American Sports Network
Last Time They Met: 11/22/2014. Belmont won 64-63
Players to watch (Belmont): Taylor Barnette
Players to watch (WKU): Fredrick Edmond
2015-16 records: Belmont (1-1); WKU (1-0)
Regardless of the result, this will be a very important early test for WKU.
Kaleb's thing about Belmont
So as mentioned above, Belmont did in fact win in the bluegrass state a year ago. Though WKU was able to easily outshoot the Bruins in that one, it was Belmont who came away with the victory largely thanks to the play of Evan Bradds and his 24 points. Flash forward, after an 11-point effort against Arizona State, Bradds is likely to be chomping at the bit to have the basketball in his hands to replicate his game against the Hilltoppers from a year ago (where his stats looked similar to last week's Marquette game).
The Bruins are coming off that loss to Arizona State in which they shot 8-31 from three. Look for that to change in this one.
Chris Harrison-Docks scored 21 against the Bruins last year, and it'll be up the Belmont guards to stop him this time around, but assuredly Rick Byrd is preparing his team intensely given the number of guys who had offensive success in WKU's opening game.