Thursday, December 16, 2010

BU's Davenport goes for win number 100 as Knights host King

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The No. 1 Bellarmine University men's basketball team will be trying to get coach Scott Davenport career win number 100 this Saturday as the Knights host King College in a non-conference Division II match-up in Knights Hall at 1 p.m.

Davenport, in his sixth year at Bellarmine, is currently 99-56 and would be the fastest Bellarmine coach to reach the 100-win milestone. Joe Reibel--the only other BU coach with 100 wins--got win number 100 in his 182nd game, which was the first game of his 8th season.

In welcoming the Tornado of King College, Bellarmine will be squaring off against a team with a lot of experience competing against Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division schools. Already this season, King has faced No. 14 Kentucky Wesleyan, No. 16 Southern Indiana, and the University of Indianapolis. Although the Tornado is 0-3 in its meetings with GLVC foes, all games have been close with the widest margin coming in a 92-82 loss to UIndy.

The Knights enter the King game as one of the nation's best shooting teams, connecting on 52.6 percent of their field goals. Bellarmine (7-0) is being led this season by 2-time GLVC Player of the Week Jeremy Kendle, who is averaging 21 points a game.

King, currently a DII independent, will join Conference Carolinas next season. The Tornado comes in with a well-balanced scoring attack as four starters average in double figures, led by Mark Dockery's 16.8 average. Prior to taking on the Knights, the Bristol, Tenn.-based Tornado, will take on Div. I North Carolina-Asheville on Thursday.

This will be the first meeting between Bellarmine and King. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 680-AM.

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