Friday, December 12, 2014

Bellarmine Classic to Feature Three Undefeated Teams

The Bellarmine Classic tips off in Louisville this evening and features three undefeated teams, including No. 2 Bellarmine.

Bellarmine will be joined by No. 3 Florida Southern (6-0), defending GLVC champion Southern Indiana (5-0) and Ohio Valley University.

Here is a release about the event from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The upcoming Bellarmine Classic presented by Best Western promises local basketball fans some outstanding action with three of the nation's 21 remaining undefeated NCAA Division II teams competing in the annual event that kicks off on Friday. Joining the second-ranked Knights (6-0) in the Classic are No. 3 Florida Southern (6-0), and defending GLVC Champion Southern Indiana (5-0) along with Ohio Valley out of the Great Midwest Conference.

In game one, the Moccasins of Florida Southern and the Screaming Eagles of USI will square off at 5 p.m. as both squads play their first game of the season away from home. Florida Southern's marquee wins are an 80-75 victory over then-No. 3 Metro State and a 97-80 decision over then-No. 13 Delta State. The Screaming Eagles, who won't play a true road game until Jan. 8, have won five straight to open the season, facing foes from four different conferences.

The Knights will tangle with the Fighting Scots of Ohio Valley in Friday's second game scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip. Ohio Valley — making its fourth appearance in the annual Bellarmine Classic — is still in search of its first victory of the 2014-15 season after dropping its first five games of the season. Bellarmine has opened 6-0 for the third year in a row with its marquee wins coming on the road at then No. 18 Christian Brothers and in its lone home game of the season, a 63-54 win over No. 16 Findlay.

On Saturday, the Screaming Eagles and the Knights will trade opponents, setting up the season's top DII game to date with No. 2 Bellarmine and No. 3 Florida Southern facing off in the Classic's final game, set for a 7:30 p.m. start.

The Mocs and the Knights have met just once previously with Bellarmine upsetting Florida Southern 62-60 on Nov. 28, 2008. Ironically, the Mocs were ranked No. 3 in that game as well, while the Knights were unranked.

In this year's game, the Moccasins come in with a deep bench with nine players averaging nearly 15 minutes of playing time. However, the clear leader on the FSC squad is Kevin Capers, whose 24.2 points per game average ranks him eighth in NCAA Division II. The 6-foot-2 senior guard is sixth on Florida Southern's all-time scoring list with 1,679 points heading into the Classic.

As a team, the Mocs average more than nine made 3-pointers per game, but perhaps the most lethal weapon in their arsenal is defense, where they are enjoying a plus-9.3 turnover margin so far this season. Florida Southern has turned that defense into one of the most potent offenses in the country and ranks fifth in scoring average at 94.8 points per game.

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