Jan 11, 2019
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to game action Saturday vs. Eastern Kentucky.
The Bruins defeated Morehead State, 77-60, Thursday. Freshman Caleb Hollander (Nashville, Tenn.) scored a career-high 22 points. Belmont handed out 18 assists and forced 16 turnovers in the victory.
Belmont senior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Eastern Kentucky senior Nick Mayo have been two of the most outstanding players in recent OVC history. The duo rank 1-2 and 1-3, among active OVC scorers and rebounders, respectively, while also handing out over 200 career assists each. Windler and Mayo each received OVC Preseason Player of the Year accolades from various college basketball publications.
Belmont senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) has scored in double figures in three of his last four games vs. Eastern Kentucky.
Two-time Belmont All-America forward Evan Bradds ('17) has a younger brother, Ethan, who is on the football team at Eastern Kentucky. Ethan, a 6-5, 250-pound sophomore tight end.
Former Belmont standout and 2014 OVC Player of the Year J.J. Mann played at Hargrave Military Academy, where he was coached by current NC State head coach Kevin Keatts. Eastern Kentucky head coach A.W. Hamilton was an assistant on that staff, and succeeded Keatts at Hargrave.
This marks the 17th meeting between Belmont and Eastern Kentucky.
Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. CT from the Curb Event Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and the ESPN app. The live play-by-play of Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram can be heard on the Bruin Sports Network. Live in-game updates will be available via Twitter @BelmontMBB.
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.