Thanks for following Bellarmine’s Elite Eight blog again this year. We came up a game short of the final, but it was an entertaining run, and we enjoyed new levels of support from fans and students. Knights Hall North was a great experience we can build on next season, when we’ll hopefully have a reason to re-activate this blog!
Check out this great blog post from a BU student who watched the game in Australia.
Also, Scott Davenport reports that Braydon Hobbs has been invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a scouting opportunity for prospective pro players.
Here’s the game wrap-up story from Bellarmine Athletics. Below are videos from the postgame news conference and some thoughts from fans, shot by BU multimedia director Rondah Kinchlow.
Amid light rain and cheers of “we are BU,” more than 100 students, faculty, staff and alumni welcomed the men’s basketball team bus back to Knights Hall on Friday afternoon.
“To make the Final Four two years in a row is a tremendous accomplishment, and that’s not just sour grapes because we didn’t win,” noted the university’s historian, Fr. Clyde Crews, as he watched students mingling with the players. “They should be very proud.”
Dr. Joseph J. McGowan, Bellarmine’s president, welcomes Braydon Hobbs and Luke Sprague.
Keisten Jones and Garett Ross collect their bags.
Dr. McGowan talks shop with Sprague.
Fans cheer the team’s return.
Students sign a likeness of Braydon Hobbs’ head before presenting it to him.
Maureen McGowan talks to Alumni Board member Jessica Rothgerber Murr and her children/future Knights.
Coach Scott Davenport speaks to local television stations.
From a campus-wide email:
Please join us to welcome home our men’s basketball team from their most recent appearance in the NCAA II Final Four tournament today at 1:15 in Knights Hall. The team leaves Northern KY at noon today. This has been an outstanding year for our team and Bellarmine University. Coach Davenport, his coaching staff, beloved four seniors and team finished the season with a 29 and 4 record and a second straight final four appearance. We continue to make history and set new athletic and academic records. We also want to thank athletic director, Scott Wiegandt, and all of his excellent staff for another great year in basketball. “Our House,” Knights Hall, is the place that continues to raise the bar and challenge the conference, region and nation to excellence in all that we do.
All of the fans at this year’s games both at home and on the road continue to make all of us very proud to be a KNIGHT! Hope to see you at Knights Hall.
Dr. Fred Rhodes
Vice President for Student Affairs
Not our night, but a great season, and a mighty turnout by Knights Nation. Postgame news conference tweets coming up via @BellarmineLive, with Davenport, Sprague and Hobbs scheduled to appear.
Still photos don’t do justice to the energy and motion in the student section.
Found the Bellarmine luxury skybox during halftime. Due credit to NKU, this place is nice!
Love this guy.
The Knight dances along with the student band.
The Knights have led for much of the half, but never by more than a few, and they’ve been down a couple times, too. Let’s hope for a burst to start the second half like we saw last night.
The Montevallo fan section is small, but vocal. Probably outnumbered 30-1.
If you couldn’t make it to Knights Hall North tonight, you can still keep up with the action. Watch live on cable TV or online, or listen on the radio. We’ve also got a list of people who we know will be providing in-game Twitter updates. Tipoff is at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.
If you’re tweeting, use the #KnightsHallNorth hashtag — we’ll retweet our favorite posts during and after the game.