In Belmont, Kent State faces a team that returns all five starters and is picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference.
Tuesday home game begins at the strange time of 11 a.m. The game originally was supposed to be Tuesday night, but it was moved when Kent State’s football game against Akron was moved to Tuesday night so it could be on ESPN. That football game, of course, itself has been rescheduled because of the schedule snafu caused by Kent’s snowed-out game in Buffalo.
Bellmont, like Kent State, is 0-3. But it has lost to Vanderbilt (3=0), North Alabama (3-))and Louisville (4=0). The score of the last Thursday’s game against 12th-ranked Louisville was 95-35.
Kent lost to Belmont 84-60 last season on Belmont’s home court in Nashville. Belmont went on to a 14-18 season but finished second on the OVC with a 10-6 record.
The Bruins are led by 2014-15 OVC Preseason Player of the Year, Jordyn Luffman-Hartsfield, a 6-1 senior guard-forward who averaged 14.3 points per game last season. Also returning are 5-6 senior guard Katie Carroll, a 2014 All-OVC Tournament Team selection, and 5-5 guard Taylor Mills, who earned league Newcomer of the Week honors six times last year.