Belmont has played two games in the Maui Invitational so far this year, but will start its “Regional” games on November 19th.
The Towson Tigers are in a similar position with the same record, 0-2. Unlike Belmont, the Tigers (not Memphis) got squashed in their first two games, losing by nearly 50 points in its opener with Kansas, 100-54. The second game was a bit closer with no. 17 ranked Michigan, but the Tigers let Michigan go on a 21-0 run from the start of the game, and ended up losing 64-47.
Let’s get a closer look at the Towson Tigers.
-Towson University is located 8 miles north of downtown Baltimore, Maryland
-Towson will start its game against Belmont on Saturday trying to break a 21-game losing streak
Towson Tigers To Watch:
6-8′ Senior Forward, Robert Nwankwo- Missed last season, but was ranked top-10 nationally with blocked shots for the 09-10 season. Scored team high 16 points against Michigan, with 10 rebounds.
6-5′ Freshman, Deon Jones- Scored 12 points against Michigan. Delaware State Player of the Year.
Belmont will have a chance to show its dominance on defense in this game, with both Hedgepeth and Saunders having a small height advantage to Towson’s Nwankwo.
I am also interested to see how Coach Byrd runs the “small forward” position, with the problems of depth we seem to be dealing with between Baker’s shooting atrociousness and Noack’s lack of play experience.
The Bruins, of course, play one game at a time. And as a fan of any sport, I tend to cringe when pundits overlook games because they are easy. I feel like a coach in a way (which is a scary thought), always wanting my focus to be on the next game, no matter how poor the opponent may be playing.
But I just can’t help but look at who we may be playing on Sunday. MTSU is likely to beat University of North Carolina (Greensboro) on Saturday, and is hot off the heels of making UCLA look like USC Upstate. Granted, UCLA lost to Loyola Marymount by 11 its first game and following that loss, star forward Reeves Nelson was suspended for “not looking at the coaches and not listening or something”, but a 20 point win against any UCLA team is impressive.
With offensive explosiveness from Ian Clark, Kerron Johnson, and J.J. Mann’s hot start, Belmont needs to show a shooting dominance against a young Towson team to build confidence going into Sunday against the most confident MTSU we have seen.
But we’ll worry about the Blue Raiders when we get there…