Above photo by Luke Zayas/True To The Cru
1 p.m., Jackson, Miss., Heidelberg Gymnasium (Capacity: 500)
UMHB (12-2, 9-0 ASC)
UMHB Projected Starting Five
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About the Cru: UMHB’s resume is one of the nation’s best, with three Top 25 wins in the last two months, the most recent coming on Thursday in a 72-70 overtime win at No. 14 ETBU. The Crusaders have proven themselves as a phenomenal fourth quarter team, putting together comebacks over the final 10 minutes of games to beat UT-Dallas, LeTourneau and ETBU. In fact, UMHB trailed by as many as eight points in the final quarter on Thursday night, before chipping away at the deficit, and forcing the contest into overtime, where they held on for the win. The Crusaders are an aggressive team on the boards, with a number of consistent forwards and post players, and average a conference-best 46.2 rebounds per game.
Belhaven (7-4, 3-4 ASC)
Belhaven Projected Starting Five
About the Blazers: Belhaven, at 3-4 in ASC play, opened the year with a 56-54 exhibition win over then-No. 25 Millsaps, but has struggled against the conference’s best, falling by double-digits to UT-Dallas, Hardin-Simmons and LeTourneau before the two-week holiday break. After contests against ETBU and Ozarks were canceled, rust was evident when the Blazers finally got back on the floor on Thursday, falling to Concordia (TX), 59-54. The one thing Belhaven does exceptionally well, however, is defend the three-point arc, as opponents are shooting just 21.2 percent against them, the lowest mark in the ASC. That is in large part a credit to the play of Belhaven’s guards, many of whom are seasoned junior college transfers. In fact, eight of the Blazers’ 15 players are transfers.