Preview: WKU vs. Belmont

WKU hosts the Bruins this Saturday night, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.

Western Kentucky is scheduled to tipoff Saturday night vs. Belmont at 7:00 p.m. CT.

Read our full preview below for details on the matchup.


TV: WKUSports.tv/Conference USA Digital Network. Both sites are online streaming networks that require a subscription.

Radio: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network. Click HERE for network listings.


Vegas line: WKU opened as a 2-point favorite, as of Friday afternoon.

Kenpom model: Belmont is ranked No. 95 nationally on Kenpom.com, while WKU is No. 143 overall. Kenpom’s system likes WKU by 1, giving the Toppers a 53 percent chance to win.

Opponent roster highlights: Junior Craig Bradshaw, senior Reece Chamberlain, and sophomore Taylor Barnette (a transfer from Virginia) are among Belmont's strongest weapons. Barnette, a Class of 2012 graduate from Lexington Christian Academy, is averaging 19.3 points per game on 70 percent shooting through three games for the Bruins. Bradshaw and Chamberlain both averaged over 30 minutes per game in 2013-14', contributing more than 25 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds a game combined.

Looking at Belmont's team profile from 2013-14', they're incredibly efficient on offense at shooting, but average or subpar in most other areas. They led all of Division 1 in making 56.9 percent of their 2-point attempts last year, and ranked No. 20 nationally in 3-point shooting, sinking 39.0 percent of their attempts. They were also very good at creating turnovers, forcing one on 20.5 percent of opponent's possessions (roughly 1 in every 5,) the No. 43 highest rate nationally.


Game Notes: WKU--LINK.

Belmont--LINK.


Stat of the match: Belmont is one of six programs in the country to win at least 26 games each of the last four seasons, joining Duke, Florida, Syracuse, VCU and Wichita State (via Zach Greenwell.)


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