UT Martin Game Preview

UT Martin Game Preview

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to game action Saturday vs. UT Martin.

The Bruins defeated Southeast Missouri, 97-71, Thursday. Belmont scored 12 of the game's first 14 points and led wire-to-wire.

Senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) scored a career-high 31 points for the Bruins, continuing his remarkable campaign. The 6-3 guard has posted 17 double figure scoring games this season, including 20 or more points in seven of his last 12 games. The Jennings, Florida native ranks among OVC leaders in six statistical categories, including fifth in points per game (16.0) and seventh in assists per game (4.0).

Senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded 23 points and 16 rebounds vs. Southeast Missouri, his 27th career double-double. Windler is one of only five NCAA Division I men's basketball players averaging 19.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game entering February. The 6-8 guard/forward ranks among OVC leaders in 10 statistical categories, including first in rebounds per game (10.0) and third in points per game (19.2).

Freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) has emerged as a consistent interior force on both ends of the floor. The 6-11 center scored a career-high 27 points on only 12 field goal attempts vs. Southeast Missouri. The Pickerington, Ohio native has eight consecutive double figure scoring games, five of which have been 20 or more points. Muszynski leads the OVC and ranks 13th nationally in blocked shots per game (2.45).

Austin Luke ('18) had 19 points, 10 assists, three steals and zero turnovers in last season's victory at UT Martin - one of Luke's four career double-doubles. He graduated second in OVC history in assists (681).

Nick Smith ('17) tied the Curb Event Center single-game record for made 3-point field goals vs. UT Martin (10) (1/5/17). The Bruins set a Curb Event Center record with 14 first half 3-pointers.

This marks the 39th meeting between Belmont and UT Martin.

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. In-game updates will be available via Twitter @BelmontMBB.

UT Martin at Belmont Game Notes

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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