Battle of the Boulevard

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Video: Belmont claims another late victory vs. Lipscomb

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History repeating itself led to another heartbreak for Lipscomb.

For the second time in a week, the Bisons fell to Belmont in the final seconds in their Battle of the Boulevard matchups. This time it was a Taylor Barnette 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining in overtime that gave the Bruins the win over Lipscomb, their 11th-straight over their intra-Nashville rivals, by the score of 78-76.

Last week at home, the Bruins erased an 18-point second-half deficit on Dylan Windler’s layup with under a second remaining to best Lipscomb.

In between to those two bad beats to Belmont, Lipscomb also managed to fit in a 72-71 loss to Tennessee State that came courtesy of a Tigers jumper with nine seconds left. Here’s guessing the 104-85 win over Tennessee Tech the Bisons also snuck in that week isn’t enough salve for those wounds.

Pregame Shootaround: No. 14 Iowa State needs to be on upset alert tonight


Earlier today, we posted a preview of the Tip-Off Marathon, which kicks off at 7:00 p.m. tonight.

To read about all of those games, go here.

But those aren’t the only games of the night. Here’s a look at the rest of the college hoops action:

Game of the Night: Georgia State at No. 14 Iowa State, 9:00 p.m.

Georgia State is one of the best mid-major teams in the country this season, as they trot out a trio of high-major guards in Ryan Harrow, Kevin Ware and R.J. Hunter, a future first round pick. Iowa State is talented in their own right, and they will actually be playing at a bit of a disadvantage on Monday as Jameel McKay is still not eligible. The Panthers won’t have an answer for Georges Niang, but can the Cyclones slow down GSU’s perimeter attack? If the Panthers want to get an at-large bid, this is one of those games that borders on being a must-win.

Mid-Major Matchup of the Night: Belmont at Lipscomb, 8:00 p.m.

The Battle of the Boulevard. One of the nation’s best rivalries that no one knows about. Lipscomb and Belmont are not league foes anymore, but they’ve hated each other since their NAIA days. They once packed 16,000 people into an arena to see them square off in a regular season game before either had made the jump to Division I.

Story line of the Night: Texas Southern at Indiana, 6:00 p.m.

Mike Davis will make his triumphant return to Bloomington. Davis was the man that replaced Bobby Knight as Hoosier head coach, eventually getting run out of town to make room for Kelvin Sampson. They went well, didn’t it? Anyway, he’s not the head coach at Texas Southern.

Top 25:

  • Jacksonville at No. 7 Louisville, 7:00 p.m.
  • Maryland-Eastern Shore at No. 12 Villanova, 7:00 p.m.
  • Bucknell at No. 24 Michigan, 8:00 p.m.

‘Battle of the Boulevard’ coaches share ride to see the same recruit

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Monday marked the beginning of the first recruiting period of the 2013-14 NCAA calendar, meaning that college basketball coaches are allowed to travel the country to evaluate recruiting targets until November 10th. With the travel requirements (not to mention costs for rental cars and gas), saving a few dollars where you can is something most coaches look to do.

But carpooling with a rival coach on the way to checking out a player you’re both recruiting? That was the case for new Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander, who shared a ride with Belmont head coach Rick Byrd on Wednesday.

Even with the intense nature of the “Battle of the Boulevard,” the two coaches share a relationship you’ll be hard-pressed to find in any other rivalry in college basketball. Alexander, previously the head coach at Stetson, was both a player and an assistant coach under Byrd at Belmont so it makes sense that these two would share a ride.

That probably makes for some good conversation, and maybe some good-natured ribbing between the two as well.

Despite now being members of different conferences (Lipscomb remains in the Atlantic Sun while Belmont is entering its second season in the OVC) the rivals who are separated by just 2.7 miles continue to play twice a season. Lipscomb will host the first meeting of the 2013-14 season on November 8, with the return match being played on November 20 at Belmont’s Curb Events Center.

Lipscomb leads the all-time series 73-59 but the Bisons have lost the last three meetings, with Belmont winning both games last season (89-60 at Lipscomb and 100-66 at Belmont).