|Belmont||I Clark 19.3||T Noack 5.6||K Johnson 4.6|
|Tennessee State||R Covington 16.5||K Thornton 8.0||P Miller 5.2|
Belmont heads to Gentry Complex on Thursday to take on Tennessee State. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. EST and it can be seen on ESPN U. The Bruins defeated the Tigers 78-66 on Jan. 19 and are 5-0 against them over the past four years.
Belmont is in first place in the conference, Tennessee State is in fourth place.
The 26 points by J.J. Mann helped the Bruins to a 78-65 victory over Austin Peay on Feb. 9. He contributes 4.4 rebounds per game in addition to his 9.5 points per game. For the Tigers, Robert Covington finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds in the 69-48 loss to Murray State on Feb. 9. He leads the team in points with 16.5 per game, steals with 1.9 per game, and blocks with 1.1 per game.
Belmont has a statistical advantage over Tennessee State in one significant category, scoring, where the Bruins have an edge over the Tigers, 77 points per game to 68 points per game. When considering the Four Factors, Tennessee State performs well in free throw rate at 41.9 percent. This ranks second in the conference and 36th in the country.
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- The Belmont steals leader (Kerron Johnson, 45 steals) has more steals than the Tennessee State steals leader (Patrick Miller, 42 steals).
- Belmont is a better three-point shooting team (40.7 percent vs. 31.9 percent) than Tennessee State this season.
- Ian Clark is ranked 13th nationally in points, 7th nationally in three-pointers, and 2nd in the Ohio Valley in steals.
- Belmont has a better record on the road than Tennessee State this season (8-3 vs. 4-10).
- The Belmont basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Tennessee State (100 percent vs. 73 percent).
- Even computers respect Belmont more. Belmont has a better RPI this season than Tennessee State (RPI: No. 24 vs. No. 106).
- J.J. Mann is ranked 10th in the Ohio Valley in three-pointers and 2nd in the Ohio Valley in steals.
- Belmont has a better conference record than Tennessee State this season (11-1 vs. 8-4).
- Belmont has a potent offense, scoring more points (77.4 per game vs. 68.5 per game) than Tennessee State this season.
- The Belmont blocks leader (Blake Jenkins, 31 blocks) has more blocks than the Tennessee State blocks leader (M.J. Rhett, 28 blocks).
- Belmont is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Belmont is 200 lbs compared to 194 lbs for Tennessee State.