Knight Time Is Right Time: Bellarmine Grounds Screaming Eagles

Scotty Davenport’s mesmerizing #1 ranked team battered yet another Top 10 squad last night by double digits.

Bellarmine 67, Southern Indiana 53.

It’s not the first time. Hopefully it won’t be the last for the Knights.

A plethora of encounters with highly ranked foes, Kentucky Wesleyan, Northern Kentucky and SIU among others, are in the future. Those four powers are in the same division of the same conference. The road to the Elite Eight for any of these contenders is riddled with land mines. Regular season. Conference tourney. NCAA tourney. Lots of familiarity. Too much familiarity if you ask me.

But the Knights keep pickin’ ‘em off in their quest to repeat as national champions. The only L on the year came after a disastrous road trip to Indianapolis. BU stands 17-1 (9-1), the only loss in OT to Indy on the first day of December.

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Last night’s W was the usual team affair.

All five starters in double figures. 19 assists on 25 made field goals. 10/22 from beyond the arc. Forced Southern Indiana into 19 turnovers. Against a taller, beefier, quicker gang, the Knights held their own on the boards, though SIU had a 6 rebound advantage.

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I used the word mesmerizing as a descriptor of Bellarmine’s team in my lead. Not without purpose.

I watch their hustle and precision with awe. No point guard tom-toming the ball for most of a possession. Crisp passing. Spread court. Lots of motion. Full speed motion, but — thanks Denny Crum — under control.

They hit the boards. At both ends, holding their own against foes most often with more size. They block out. They move their feet on D, take the charge.

Etc, etc, etc.

What I don’t understand is why I don’t see any top division schools playing with the same passion, fundamentals, precision and speed?

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Love the BU student section. Especially the guy dressed as the Pope.

Plus they have this great “cheer,” which they use only in the second half when the visitors play offense at the student section end. It’s sounds, as best I can describe it, like a flock of seagulls — real birds not the band — dive bombing on the beach. Loud. Cacophonous.

Most disconcerting. And far more clever than the unduly heralded Cameron Crazies.

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Spotted in the crowd, former Cardinal star Scooter McCray.

– Seedy K

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