It’s that time of year, Belmont Basketball is right around the corner, and the city of Nashville is a buzz for what Head Coach Casey Alexander has built this program into in his three seasons as the Head Coach at Belmont. Last season was just a start for what Belmont fans should expect from this team every year.
In the 2020-2021 season, Belmont finished the season 28-4 overall and 18-2 in Ohio Valley Conference play. However, Belmont failed to make the NCAA Tournament after being upset in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship game at the hands of the Morehead State Eagles.
Looking at this season, it’s hard not to be excited about this Belmont Basketball team as they bring back 97% of their scoring from last season.
Starting with the backcourt, Belmont will have All-American Grayson Murphy returning to the lineup. Last season, Murphy led the Bruins with 10.9 PPG, 8.0 RPG, and 5.8 APG. Not to mention, Belmont also has a talented freshman in Will Richard, who, like Murphy, loves to shoot the deep ball and does it with ease.
Belmont’s three-point shooting will open for the guys down low like Nick Muszynski, who averaged 15 points per game last season. Muszynski, like Murphy, will likely be the centerpiece of this Belmont team. Last season, Coach Alexander relied heavily on Muszynski to be a force in the middle on both sides of the court. Opponents were forced to double-team Musynski last season which, would free up Grayson Murphy, and others push the tempo and force those teams to play outside of their comfort zones on any given night.
Overall, the 2021-2022 Belmont Basketball season should end in an NCAA Tournament appearance and an OVC Championship ring to add to the collection. Coach Casey Alexander is one of the best coaches in College Basketball and has taken this Belmont program from the excellence under former Head Coach Rick Byrd to something even better than ever thought possible.
Belmont will open their season on the road as they travel to face the Ohio Bobcats on November 9th.