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Battle of the Boulevard

Lipscomb and Belmont. Two schools located less than three miles apart on Belmont Boulevard. Two schools that share a special basketball bond. Since Dec. 11, 1953, these two schools have faced off 132 times.

Lipscomb and Belmont are two of the most storied teams in college basketball history. Both were NAIA powerhouses. And both leaped to NCAA Division One in the late 1990's. Today they face each other twice a year as nonconference foes.

The game, coined "The Battle of the Boulevard," is the talk of Nashville and college basketball faithful across the country.

In the 1980's the rivalry grew as fierce as ever. The teams were helmed by legendary coaches: Lipscomb's Don Meyer and Belmont's Rick Byrd. The rosters were decorated with NAIA legends. Lipscomb's Darren Henrie, Philip Hutcheson, Jerry Meyer, and John Pierce faced off against Belmont's Joe Behling, Scott Corley, Scott Speedy, and Greg Thurman.

On Feb. 17, 1990, largest Battle of the Boulevard was played at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym. Over 16,000 fans packed the gym to watch Lipscomb defeat Belmont 124-107 in the largest-attended basketball game in NAIA history.

Lipscomb dominated a stretch of 12 years winning 32 of 37 games between 1980 and 1992.

Following the 1996 season, the Battle was suspended for seven seasons while both schools transitioned to the NCAA.

On Jan. 27, 2004, the Battle of the Boulevard was reborn in front of 4,176 fans in Lipscomb's Allen Arena. It took an extra period, but Belmont edged Lipscomb 66-64 to start a fierce stretch of competition between the two teams.

Five of the first ten meetings in the NCAA-era required overtime, including three of the five meetings in Allen Arena.

Lipscomb's most bittersweet "Battle of the Boulevard" came not in Nashville, Tenn., but rather in Johnson City, Tenn. Lipscomb and Belmont faced off for the 2006 Atlantic Sun Championship in Johnson City, Tenn., in front of a nationally televised audience. The winner would have a ticket the "Big Dance" - the NCAA Tournament.

Belmont and Lipscomb battled throughout the first forty minutes to a tie. But after an extra five, Belmont had topped the Bisons 74-69. As a consolation, Lipscomb received a bid to the NIT and a trip to UTEP for its first NCAA postseason bid.

Top College Basketball Rivalries
Teams Miles Apart
Lipscomb/Belmont: 2
Cincinnati/Xavier: 3
Rice/Houston: 3
St. Joseph's/Temple: 6
Duke/North Carolina: 8
UCLA/USC: 10
Kentucky/Louisville: 76
Kansas/Missouri: 164
 
Battle of the Boulevard
Number of Meetings: 132
Series Record: Lipscomb 73 wins, Belmont 59 wins
NCAA-era Record: Belmont 12, Lipscomb 9
Meetings at Lipscomb: 67
Record at Lipscomb: Lipscomb 40 wins, Belmont 27 wins
Meetings at Belmont: 59
Record at Belmont: Belmont 30 wins, Lipscomb 29 wins
Neutral Site Meetings: 6
Record at Neutral Sites: Lipscomb 4 wins, Belmont 2 wins
Overtime Games: 9
Overtime Games Record: Belmont 6 wins, Lipscomb 3 wins
Overtime at Lipscomb: Belmont 3 wins, Lipscomb 1 wins
Overtime at Belmont: Lipscomb 2 wins, Belmont 2 wins
Overtime at Neutral site: Belmont 1 win, Lipscomb 0 wins
Double-overtime Games: 5
Double-overtime Games Record: Belmont 3 wins, Lipscomb 2 wins
Double-overtime at Lipscomb: Belmont 3 wins, Lipscomb 1 win
Double-overtime at Belmont: Lipscomb 1 win, Belmont 0 wins
Longest Lipscomb Winning Streak: 9 Games (1980-1983)
9 Games (1989-1992)
Longest Belmont Winning Streak: 8 Games (1967-1971)
 
Battle of the Boulevard Through the Decades
Decade Record
1953-1959 8-9
1960-1969 9-11
1970-1979 10-12
1980-1989 24-6
1990-1999 13-9
2004-2009 5-8
2010-present 4-4






Battle of the Boulevard History
Date Site Winner Score Notes
12/11/1953 at Lipscomb Belmont 72-53  
1/5/1954 at Lipscomb Belmont 85-64  
11/22/1954 at Lipscomb Belmont 69-64  
1/15/1955 at Belmont Belmont 88-68  
12/29/1955 at Lipscomb Belmont 75-67  
1/7/1956 at Lipscomb Belmont 57-50  
1/28/1956 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 71-56  
2/17/1956 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 72-61  
2/23/1956 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 73-66  
1/17/1957 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 64-57  
1/31/1957 at Belmont Belmont 77-58  
1/14/1958 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 79-62  
2/1/1958 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 88-76  
2/23/1958 at Lipscomb Belmont 87-84  
1/3/1959 at Belmont Lipscomb 89-86  
2/14/1959 at Lipscomb Belmont 67-60  
12/11/1959 at Belmont Lipscomb 80-70  
1/28/1960 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 91-71  
2/28/1960 Neutral Lipscomb 72-47 (Memphis NAIA Distict Tournament)
1/2/1961 at Belmont Lipscomb 96-77  
1/26/1961 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 65-49  
1/2/1962 at Belmont Belmont 68-64  
1/25/1962 at Lipscomb Belmont 58-45  
1/10/1963 at Belmont Lipscomb 76-70  
2/16/1963 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 88-71  
1/9/1964 at Lipscomb Belmont 65-60  
2/13/1964 at Belmont Belmont 80-79  
12/4/1964 at Belmont Belmont 82-56  
1/28/1965 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 75-73  
1/13/1966 at Lipscomb Belmont 73-61  
2/10/1966 at Belmont Lipscomb 75-71  
12/1/1966 at Lipscomb Belmont 82-79  
1/19/1967 at Belmont Lipscomb 75-68  
12/2/1967 at Belmont Belmont 102-86  
1/20/1968 at Lipscomb Belmont 54-46  
1/18/1969 at Lipscomb Belmont 61-59  
2/15/1969 at Belmont Belmont 78-48  
1/17/1970 at Belmont Belmont 95-81  
1/31/1970 at Lipscomb Belmont 83-70  
1/14/1971 at Lipscomb Belmont 96-88  
2/11/1971 at Belmont Belmont 87-74  
1/13/1972 at Belmont Lipscomb 88-86  
2/7/1972 at Lipscomb Belmont 79-76 (2OT)
1/20/1973 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 66-60  
2/8/1973 at Belmont Belmont 69-63 (OT)
11/24/1973 at Belmont Belmont 78-60  
1/19/1974 at Belmont Lipscomb 84-77  
2/4/1974 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 88-86  
1/13/1975 at Lipscomb Belmont 68-65  
2/3/1975 at Belmont Belmont 72-64  
1/8/1976 at Belmont Belmont 52-38  
2/19/1976 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 71-69  
1/6/1977 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 87-80  
2/17/1977 at Belmont Belmont 70-69  
1/12/1978 at Belmont Lipscomb 56-52  
2/23/1978 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 66-60  
1/11/1979 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 56-53  
2/22/1979 at Belmont Lipscomb 57-48  
11/17/1979 at Lipscomb Belmont 71-68 (OT)  
1/11/1980 at Belmont Belmont 48-43  
2/22/1980 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 91-82  
11/21/1980 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 74-62  
1/12/1981 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 63-50  
2/12/1981 at Belmont Lipscomb 67-60 (2OT)
11/20/1981 at Belmont Lipscomb 84-73  
1/11/1982 at Belmont Lipscomb 50-49 (OT)
2/11/1982 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 77-75  
2/27/1982 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 51-50  
1/10/1983 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 57-53  
2/10/1983 at Belmont Belmont 72-66  
1/9/1984 at Belmont Lipscomb 83-68  
2/9/1984 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 84-82  
1/7/1985 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 69-66 (2OT)
2/7/1985 at Belmont Belmont 73-72  
2/23/1985 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 93-82  
1/9/1986 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 81-76  
1/27/1986 at Belmont Lipscomb 89-79 (OT)
11/21/1986 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 105-68  
1/26/1987 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 79-67  
2/16/1987 at Belmont Lipscomb 93-83  
1/30/1988 at Belmont Lipscomb 93-92  
2/22/1988 at Lipscomb Belmont 106-95 (OT)
11/19/1988 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 118-99  
1/26/1989 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 109-99  
2/16/1989 at Belmont Lipscomb 105-98  
3/4/1989 at Lipscomb Belmont 105-98  
11/18/1989 at Belmont Lipscomb 89-87  
12/2/1989 at Belmont Belmont 86-81  
12/9/1989 at Belmont Lipscomb 97-94  
1/27/1990 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 99-89  
2/17/1990 at Belmont Lipscomb 124-107 At Memorial Gymnasium
2/28/1990 at Belmont Lipscomb 113-101  
11/17/1990 at Belmont Lipscomb 81-75  
1/28/1991 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 79-76  
2/18/1991 at Belmont Lipscomb 93-90  
11/23/1991 at Belmont Lipscomb 88-86  
1/30/1992 at Belmont Lipscomb 72-71  
2/22/1992 at Lipscomb Belmont 109-103 (2OT)
11/21/1992 at Belmont Belmont 93-87  
1/25/1993 at Belmont Lipscomb 100-72 At Memorial Gymnasium
2/20/1993 at Belmont Lipscomb 105-96  
1/29/1994 at Belmont Belmont 92-89 At Memorial Gymnasium
2/21/1994 at Belmont Belmont 92-89  
3/8/1994 at Belmont Belmont 88-84  
1/14/1995 at Belmont Belmont 119-88  
2/6/1995 at Lipscomb Belmont 115-104  
3/6/1995 at Belmont Belmont 92-82  
12/12/1995 at Belmont Lipscomb 99-75 At Memorial Gymnasium-Televised Nationally on SportsSouth
1/15/1996 at Lipscomb Belmont 96-89  
2/10/1996 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 104-93  
3/5/1996 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 68-62  
NCAA ERA
1/27/2004 at Lipscomb Belmont 66-64 (OT)
2/13/2004 at Belmont Belmont 69-57  
1/21/2005 at Belmont Belmont 71-61 (OT)
2/22/2005 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 59-58  
1/20/2006 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 97-85 (OT)
1/31/2006 at Belmont Belmont 81-65  
3/4/2006 Neutral Belmont 74-69 (OT) at ETSU (A-Sun Tournament)
1/12/2007 at Belmont Lipscomb 55-50  
2/9/2007 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 70-60  
1/12/2008 at Lipscomb Belmont 99-91 (2OT)
2/22/2008 at Belmont Belmont 74-65  
1/12/2009 at Belmont Belmont 79-74  
2/12/2009 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 73-68  
1/11/2010 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 64-53  
1/26/2010 at Belmont Lipscomb 78-72  
1/13/2011 at Belmont Belmont 88-52  
1/25/2011 at Lipscomb Lipscomb 73-64  
1/6/2012 at Belmont Lipscomb 85-74  
2/3/2012 at Lipscomb Belmont 84-58  
11/9/2012 at Lipscomb Belmont 89-60  
12/4/2012 at Belmont Belmont 100-66