March 21st, 2012
Mirror Images: Bellarmine vs. UA-Huntsville
Top teams have similar games
When the No. 4 ranked Bellarmine Knights take the court this evening in the quarterfinal round of the Elite 8 at the Bank of Kentucky Center, they may well be looking at their mirror image in the No. 2 ranked University of Alabama – Huntsville Chargers.
Athletic, skilled and highly efficient on offense, this match-up is worthy of championship status. Just looking at the last two years of results you’ll notice similar records, similar statistics and two teams pursuing a national championship with like-minded styles.
--Both teams hosted and won their regional tournament in 2011 and 2012.
--Both teams pride themselves on ball movement and making a high percentage of their shots.
- ASSISTS per game – UA-H: 18.7 // BU: 18.1
- SHOOTING percentage – UA-H: 52.2 percent // BU: 54.5 percent
- THREE POINT SHOOTING percentage – UA-H: 40.4 percent // BU: 41.1 percent
- SCORING – UA-H: 79.6 points/game // BU: 83.6 points/game
- SCORING MARGIN – UA-H: 12.7 // BU: 16.3
- RECORDS – UA-H: 28-3 // BU: 29-3
When the Bellarmine coaching staff began to break down tape of the Chargers, they must have been seeing double.
Offensive efficiency is the key for both teams. They know how to score on the perimeter, in the lane and in transition.
As always, a big key for the Bellarmine Knights will be rebounding margin. In their three losses this season, the Knights have been outrebounded by double-digits.
And to take this mirror image theme further, UA-H was outrebounded in all three of their losses, two of those games by double-digit margins.
Josh Maggette is the catalyst of the UA-H attack. He led the nation in assists at 8.9 per game and was ninth in steals with 2.7 per game. He is a first team All-American joining Bellarmine guards Braydon Hobbs and Jeremy Kendle as members of the top 5 players in Division II.
Senior forward Luke Sprague’s status will be a game time decision.
You can listen to the game on WGTK – 970AM with Nick Curran and Mark Bugg, and get in-game updates on Twitter at @LouCathSports. Game time is set for 6pm.