Bellarmine Knights survive Norse, Face Ferris for Elite Eight Spot

Scotty Davenport’s 29-2 Knights zoomed off from a six point halftime advantage over rival Northern Kentucky to lead the Round of 32 tilt by 18.

Then something happened but I’m not sure what it was.

NKy’s shooting % went up. They were 16/ 28 for the stanza. but, so did Bellarmine’s. The Knights hit 72% after the break. Rebounding was essentially a wash. So too, the number of each team’s turnovers.

Yet the Norse kept coming, driving the lane and relying on Jon Van Hoose’s uncanny shooting from beyond the arc. It wasn’t that the Knights stopped playing, and it wasn’t that Northern was playing in some extraordinary fashion.

Yet . . . the Knights led by only a deuce with :57 on the clock.

Thanks to Chris Dowe, Bellarmine held on to win by 5.

Survive and advance.

Bellarmine faces 24-7 Ferris State in the Regional Final on Tuesday at Knights Hall. Unlike its other post-season foes, the Norris Placers haven’t played the Bulldogs this season.

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Frankly, I’m not sure what the future holds for the nationally #2 ranked Knights.

Their basketball intelligence is off the charts. They run the motion offense better than any college team I’ve seen this season, regardless of division. They can shoot. They have heart. They compete with grit and determination.

But the Knights are relatively slow, and lack of hops.

Which is to say my fear is they will be out-athleticized somewhere along the way to a national title. Certainly hope not.

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I found it odd that there was a less than full house Sunday night. I believe the game was sold out. There were no tickets for sale at the ticket windows before the game. But there were several hundred empty seats.

Northern Kentucky had its band at the game. Bellarmine didn’t. Spring Break?????

But the crowd was loud, and easily drowned out one seriously ardent Norse fan, a guy in a black cowboy hat, with Mardi Gras beads around his neck in Norse school colors of black and gold. At one point, the guy deposited himself behind the Bellarmine bench, and was harassing Davenport . . . until a couple of Louisville Metro’s finest escorted him back to his seat.

– Seedy K

3 Comments

  1. Bobby Bellarmine
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    NCAA ticket allocations, there was a game before BU Sunday. Should be full tonight and the band better show.

    Knights generally control the pace, draw a lot of fouls,have no extended dry spells because of their offense and shooting accuracy and play good help defense (which left Van Hoose open too many times in the 2nd half). Need that formula to continue 4 more times. And Hobbs does not like to lose…..check his HS record.

  2. Ernie Muppet
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Some of the pep band was in Italy as part of the Music Department’s tour.

    Place should be rocking tonight. Go Knights!

    P.S. Braydon Hobbs: best passer in all of college basketball.

  3. Seedy K
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Oops. Thanks for the correction. I’ve been watching too much basketball Jeff Walz. Kevin Walls. My mind is already tapioca. Thanks again. I stand corrected. And it has been corrected.

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