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Bellarmine begins basketball season with Morning Madness

The Bellarmine men's basketball team got off to an early start on the first official day of practice. (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News) The Bellarmine men's basketball team got off to an early start on the first official day of practice. (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News)
Scott Davenport (Source; WAVE 3 News) Scott Davenport (Source; WAVE 3 News)
Al Davis (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News) Al Davis (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News)
Rusty Troutman (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News) Rusty Troutman (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A combination of coffee and basketball was brewing at Bellarmine University Friday morning, as the men's basketball team kicked off its season with Morning Madness.
 
Fifteen players raced up and down the Knights Hall court during the team's first official practice. The practice, from 5:30 AM to 7 AM, is a tradition that Head Coach Scott Davenport gets excited about every year.
 
"Everybody is familiar with Midnight Madness, but we can have madness in the morning," Davenport laughed. "I can get mad at 5 in the morning, just as easy as I can get mad at midnight."

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Davenport didn't treat Friday morning's drills any different than game day exercises.
 
"Coach D is passionate," senior point guard Al Davis said. "He loves to win, we all love to win, that's why we're here."
 
Davis returns with confidence this year, as the Knights have been gearing up for Morning Madness, and the season, for months.
 
"As far as just getting into plays, being more aggressive and telling people where to go, I gotta be more vocal," Davis said. "Last year I was kind of very timid." 
 
Along with Davis' experience, the team welcomes back Mt. Washington native and pre-season All-American senior Rusty Troutman.
 
"Experience is the greatest teacher, that's what Coach D says all the time," Troutman said. "I take it to heart so I just hope they learn something from me." 
 
Division II Publications ranks Bellarmine as number one in the nation.
 
"We love being ranked number one," Davenport said. "It'll never score a point for you, it'll never make a rebound for you, but it is great for the fans, University and recruiting," he added.
 
Practices like Morning Madness set the tone for the entire season.
 
"Am I obsessed?" Davenport laughed. "Yeah, yeah, no doubt."
 
Former NBA star and University of Louisville center, Felton Spencer, is now an assistant coach for Bellarmine.
 
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