NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to game action versus Jacksonville State Thursday.
The Bruins defeated Tennessee State, 63-55, Jan. 25. Sophomore Nick Smith (Bentonville, Ark.) led balanced scoring with 12 points.
Belmont has several ties to the state of Alabama. Former Bruin Drew Windler ('14) attended Samford University for three seasons. 2013 OVC Tournament MVP Kerron Johnson and assistant coach James Strong are natives of Huntsville. Assistant coach Mark Price is a graduate of Samford University and coached at Faulkner and UAH. 2012 graduate Mick Hedgepeth is a native of Crossville.
Belmont and Jacksonville State met five times as Atlantic Sun Conference members from 2000-03.
This marks the 10th meeting between Belmont and Jacksonville State, and fifth in OVC play. Belmont won 78-67 in Nashville last season.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on OVC Digital Network. The live play-by-play of Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram can be heard on the Bruin Sports Network and 104.5 The Zone. In-game updates will be available on Twitter @BelmontMBB.