Morgantown, West Virginia – Prior to taking over as the head coach at Bellarmine, West Virginia’s opponent at 7:00PM tonight inside the WVU Coliseum, Scott Davenport was an assistant coach at Louisville.
Davenport took over the Bellarmine program in 2005 and led the program to a Division II National Championship in 2011. Bellarmine also made it to the Division II Final Four in 2012, 2015 and 2017.
Although Bellarmine is currently 2-5, they have lost to #7 Purdue, #1 Gonzaga, #2 UCLA and a really talented 7-1 Saint Mary’s team.
West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins knows that tonight’s game will not be easy, despite being 17 point favorites. “They are a very good basketball team and are extremely well-coached. Their offense is a lot like what we used to run a while ago with all of the back screens, back cuts and curls.”
Not only do they run a precise, proficient offense, they also very rarely dribble the ball in the half court. Instead, they wear down defenses with constant movement and passing.
The West Virginia Mountaineers have proven to be very vulnerable this season, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. The Mountaineers are currently ranked 129th in the country, giving up 66.3 points per game.
West Virginia’s length and athleticism should be enough to get it done, but Bellarmine will certainly give the Mountaineers an interesting challenge at home tonight.
West Virginia versus Bellarmine starts at 7:00PM tonight on ESPN+.
Check out Bellarmine’s “No Dribble Half-Court Offense” below: