Here's an alternative way to look at tonight's Battle of Music City, an enticing matchup of 6-2 Atlantic Sun squads. Belmont is the new school, Nashville 2.0, slickly-produced CMT twang. The Bruins get a lot of hits (league-leading 50.2% FG, 9th nationally), but they're disposable and quickly forgotten (79.3 points allowed per game) with very little staying power (29.3 rebounds per game, 8th in A-Sun). Lipscomb plays like an old Hank tune: gritty and tough (league-leading .94 points allowed per possession), and they get their point across (34.8 boards, 2.8 blocks per game) in a truly heartfelt way. It's this simple: the very soul of country music is being fought over this evening, and you are required to pick a side.
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