A very underrated rivalry in the world of college basketball will be continuing.
Rivals Belmont and Lipscomb will play twice during the 2012-2013 season despite Belmont’s departure from the Atlantic Sun.
Rick Byrd‘s Bruins are moving to the Ohio Valley Conference and it was unknown whether they would keep playing “The Battle of the Boulevard,” the name given to the Belmont-Lipscomb rivalry due to the closeness of the two schools.
It’s rivalries like this that make college basketball so fun to watch, and there have been some outstanding games between these two over the years.
Belmont’s move to the OVC should be an interesting one, but again, it’s great to see that both sides were able to make this series happen even though they are no longer in the same conference.
Byrd’s squad should face tougher competition night in and night out in the OVC, and they’ll immediately be in the discussion with Murray State for conference supremacy.
As for Lipscomb, they are certainly one of the teams that could challenge for an A-Sun title now that the Bruins are gone.
That Bruins have had such a stranglehold on the conference that it’ll be exciting to see who steps up and tries to be the new Belmont of the A-Sun.