This article was written by Hank Garrett, a contributor with KentuckySports.co.
Bellarmine’s head man Scotty Davenport joined the Louisville Sports Buzz radio show this morning. Davenport who is also a former and University of Louisville assistant, and State Championship winning high school coach here in Kentucky with Ballard high school. He has coached the likes of NBA great Alan Houston, and UofL great DeJuan Wheat. Bellarmine is the reigning NCAA DII National Champion, and will return three starters and their top reserve from this past season championship team, which will more than likely make them a contender once again for a DII championship.
As the Knights prepare for another championship run they have decided they best way to prepare for that run is to play best, and I am not talking DII contenders. Although nothing has been finalized Davenport announced his tentative exhibition schedule, and it is a murderer’s row. The Knights will go to Louisville, Duke, and Xavier in the pre-season. Talk about not resting on your laurels, all three of teams made the tournament this past march, and in numerous 2011-2012 pre-season ranking UofL and Duke have been ranked in the top ten.
Bellarmine has shown they can win these types of games; as they will look to run their winning streak to two against Xavier, beating them 63-61 last season in Cincinnati. I look for Bellarmine to be very competitive against UofL as the success of Bellarmine and the expectations of UofL next season should make for an extremely exciting game. Should make for a can’t miss ticket here in the Ville as some March type intensity will be in play in November. The most intriguing game of the three is the trip to Cameron Indoor to play Duke. This is a place that teams don’t come in and win especially teams out of the ACC. Duke has won NCAA best 85 consecutive non-conference home games, with the last loss coming February 26th 2000 against St. John’s. And pre-season game or no pre-season game Cameron Indoor will be rockin with Cameron Crazies as Bellarmine will face the toughest home court advantage in college basketball.