Tennessee State vs. Belmont: Full Game Preview
|Tennessee State||R Covington 17.0||K Thornton 7.8||P Miller 5.6|
|Belmont||I Clark 18.1||T Noack 5.6||K Johnson 4.7|
Belmont takes on Tennessee State in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Tournament at Municipal Auditorium on Friday. The game tips off at 7 p.m. EST and it can be seen on ESPN U. The Bruins fell to the Tigers 80-69 on Feb. 14 and are 5-1 against them over the last four years. Belmont will be looking to extend its four-game win streak.
The Bruins got past Jacksonville State 78-71 on Mar. 2 with the help of 26 points and five assists from Kerron Johnson. He is averaging 13.5 points per game while also contributing a team-high 4.7 assists per game. For the Tigers, Patrick Miller finished with 15 points and five rebounds in the 88-75 win over Morehead State on Mar. 7. He averages 14.6 points per game in addition to a team-best 5.6 assists per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Tennessee State is strong in free throw rate at 43.1. This is good enough for second in the conference and 24th in the nation.
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- Blake Jenkins is ranked 6th in the Ohio Valley in blocks.
- Be afraid. Belmont has blown out more teams than Tennessee State this season (10 blowouts vs. three).
- Belmont has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Tennessee State (five vs. zero).
- Even computers respect Belmont more. Belmont has a better RPI this season than Tennessee State (RPI: No. 26 vs. No. 107).
- It's only wins and losses, but Belmont has a better overall record than Tennessee State this season (24-6 vs. 17-13).
- The Belmont three-point leader (Ian Clark, 92 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Tennessee State three-point leader (Jordan Cyphers, 55 three-pointers).
- Belmont has a better record at home than Tennessee State this season (13-0 vs. 11-2).
- The Belmont basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Tennessee State (100 percent vs. 73 percent).
- The Belmont steals leader (J.J. Mann, 55 steals) has more steals than the Tennessee State steals leader (Patrick Miller, 51 steals).
- Belmont is a better three-point shooting team (39.5 percent vs. 33.9 percent) than Tennessee State this season.
- Belmont has a stronger schedule than Tennessee State this season (SOS Rank: No. 95 vs. No. 119).