The Bellarmine Knights formally made the bounce from DII to DI within the 2020-21 faculty yr, however they’re already comfy of their new digs within the Atlantic Solar. Bellarmine received the A-Solar males’s basketball convention match final season, however didn’t get the auto-bid to the NCAA match as a result of they have been ineligible as a program transitioning up a degree. As a substitute, the largest recreation on Bellarmine’s calendar is towards crosstown huge brother Louisville. On Wednesday night time, they shocked the mighty Cardinals within the first recreation of the Kenny Payne period.
Bellarmine beat Louisville, 67-66, for a large victory for this system. The Knights led the sport a lot of the manner, however it was nonetheless contested all the way down to the ultimate seconds. After Louisville missed a pair possibilities late to tug forward, Knights guard Juston Betz acquired the rebound and determined to ice the sport in a completely distinctive however good manner. He tossed the ball out of bounds on the different finish of the courtroom, making certain Louisville must go the size of the ground after an inbounds cross with lower than a second remaining.
Watch the play right here:
That’s a basketball punt, and it’s lovely. I’m sufficiently old to recollect when Michael Ruffin tried one thing related for the Washington Wizards again in 2007, however the Raptors caught the ball and hit the game-winner. Ballarmine pulled it off so a lot better.
This is perhaps an extended yr for Louisville. The Playing cards already misplaced to D2 Lenoir-Rhyne within the preseason, and getting beat by your little brother to start out the yr is a tough look. As the good Mike Rutherford wrote in his recap at our Louisville neighborhood Card Chronicle:
Louisville followers should hope that at some point it’ll merely function a curious anecdote: Do you know the primary recreation Kenny Payne coached was truly a house loss to Bellarmine?
Payne might flip across the program ultimately, however he’s already beginning at all-time low. What a win for Ballarmine.