UCLA Game Preview

UCLA Game Preview

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to game action Saturday at [rv/rv] UCLA.

The Bruins defeated Lipscomb, 76-74, Dec. 4. Freshman Caleb Hollander (Nashville, Tenn.) hit the game-winning shot with 4.9 seconds remaining.

Belmont (7-1) was one of only two NCAA Division I programs to go undefeated in the month of November while recording at least three true road victories (Furman).
 
Senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) ranks among OVC leaders in 11 statistical categories, including third in points per game (20.0) and fifth in rebounds per game (8.1). Windler has posted three double-doubles this season with at least 30 points, including 34 points and 11 rebounds vs. Middle Tennessee (11/12/10). Windler had a career-high seven assists vs. Lipscomb (12/4/18). The Indianapolis native was the only player in America to average 17.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.5 apg and shoot 40 percent from 3-point distance last season.
 
Freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) has made a significant contribution this season. The 6-11 center has twice been named OVC Freshman of the Week, including Monday following his performance vs. Lipscomb (12/4/18) which yielded 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Muszynski ranks second nationally among freshmen in blocked shots per game (2.8) and fourth in field goal percentage (.632).
 
Windler and UCLA sophomore Kris Wilkes are both natives of Indianapolis. Windler attended Perry Meridian High School while Wilkes attended North Central High School. Each was named to the Julius Erving Award Watch List and First Team All-Indiana by the Indianapolis Star.
 
In fact, Belmont junior Michael Benkert (Greenwood, Ind.) and Wilkes faced each other several times in high school.
 
Belmont head coach Rick Byrd worked the John Wooden Basketball Camp during the 1970s.

Former Belmont All-American Ian Clark ('13) is teammates with former UCLA standout Jrue Holiday on the New Orleans Pelicans. Clark won an NBA Championship as a member of the 2017 Golden State Warriors, where he was teammates with former UCLA Bruins Matt Barnes and Kevon Looney.
 
Belmont faced UCLA assistant coach Murry Bartow 18 times during his stint as head coach at East Tennessee State University.
 
Belmont won at Stanford, 70-62 (11/18/12), as Clark and Kerron Johnson combined to score 29 points.
 
The Bruins have nearly recorded wins in each of its last two meetings vs. Pac-12 Conference opposition (at Washington, at Arizona State).
 
This marks the second meeting between Belmont and UCLA. The first meeting took place in the 2006 NCAA Tournament first round. Belmont claimed an early 16-10 lead before UCLA's roster laden with future NBA players took control. The second-seeded Bruins won, 78-44, at Viejas Arena in San Diego, Calif. en route to the 2006 National Championship game.
 
Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. CT/2 p.m. PT from historic Pauley Pavilion. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks (and Pac-12 Los Angeles), pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app. The live play-by-play of Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram can be heard on the Bruin Sports Network and the Belmont Gameday app. The game will also be carried nationwide on SiriusXM Ch. 380. Live in-game updates will be available via Twitter @BelmontMBB.
 

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Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 12 of the last 13 seasons, including seven automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 16 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs eight consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 13 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 16 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.

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