LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - There really is no place like home, especially when that home is Knights Hall.
Knights Hall has undergone quite the transformation over the past few years, but we have been lucky to have had great support. The dedication from our fans has directly affected the success of the program.
In our Great Lakes Valley Conference, it is rare for a game to sell out, and in some cases, there can be fewer than 100 people at a game. Our high ranking usually means our opponent will do its best to get a large crowd. One year, a team even let the first several hundred fans in for free and offered discounted concessions.
Fortunately for us, we do not struggle to get fans to our games. Our smallest crowd at Knights Hall is probably as big as the largest crowds we see on the road.
In January, we went on a tear at home and have put up some impressive numbers. In a month when we played three nationally ranked teams, we shot 60.4 percent from the field and 50.9 percent from 3-point range. Our excellent shooting led to us averaging 93.8 points per game over those six home games.
Last weekend, we took full advantage of our home court. We posted season highs in several categories and won by a combined 89 points against two good teams. The best part about playing so well was doing it in front of our loyal home fans.
In Thursday's game, when we broke a single-game school record with 37 assists, it seemed like everyone in a home uniform was having the time of their lives. Even though we were winning by a large margin for most of the game, the crowd was still excited, even in the final minutes of the blowout.
We will look to carry on this momentum as we go on the road for two games in the final stretch of our regular season.
With only two more home games, our Senior Night is approaching quickly. For fellow senior Michael Parrish and me, we have had our fair share of memories in Knights Hall. And as the season winds down, we hope we get the chance to host the regional tournament and play in front of our home fans a few more times.
George Suggs is a senior communication major at Bellarmine, and his basketball column will appear every week on WAVE3.com.