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Tennessee Tech Game Preview

Tennessee Tech Game Preview

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to game action Saturday at Tennessee Tech.

The Bruins defeated Tennessee State, 77-66, Thursday. Senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored a game-high 31 points for Belmont. It marked Windler's 31st career double-double, sixth of 2018-19 of at least 30 points. The 6-8 guard/forward was also named National Player of the Week by CBS Sports earlier this week. Windler currently ranks among OVC leaders in 11 statistical categories, including first in rebounds per game (10.5) and third in points per game (20.8). He is the only player in America averaging at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

Senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) has taken his game to another level this season. The 6-3 guard has posted 21 double figure scoring games, including 20 or more points in nine of his last 16 games. McClain is averaging 18.9 points and 4.3 assists per game in OVC play. The Jennings, Florida native had a game-high 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals - and hit the game-winning shot with 2.3 seconds remaining - in Belmont's victory at UCLA.

Freshman Grayson Murphy (Franklin, Tenn.) had 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals at Tennessee State. The 6-2 point guard has three double-doubles this season, including 17 points and 15 assists at Austin Peay (1/26/29); the 15 assists setting a Belmont NCAA Division I era single-game record. Murphy leads the OVC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.18).

Junior Michael Benkert (Greenwood, Ind.) has been a valuable two-way player for the Bruins. The 6-4 guard has 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and four 3-point field goals in his last two games. Benkert scored a career-high 12 points vs. Lipscomb (12/4/18).

Junior Seth Adelsperger (Peru, Ind.) had 12 points and five rebounds in 14 minutes vs. Tennessee Tech earlier this season.

Belmont head coach Rick Byrd served as an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech from 1980-83.

This marks the 24th meeting between Belmont and Tennessee Tech.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. CT. 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.
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.