SIU Edwardsville Game Preview

SIU Edwardsville Game Preview

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

Belmont defeated Eastern Illinois, 99-58, Thursday. Belmont handed out 25 assists on 34 made field goals and had 10 different Bruins score.

Senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored a game-high 22 points for Belmont. The 6-8 guard/forward ranks among national leaders in defensive rebounding and double-doubles, and is averaging 26.8 points and 12.0 rebounds per game over his last eight games. Windler currently ranks among OVC leaders in 11 statistical categories, including first in rebounds per game (10.3) 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.

Windler was named CoSIDA Academic All-District Thursday.

Senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) has been one of the most valuable players in the OVC this season. The 6-3 guard has posted 23 double figure scoring games, including 12 straight games of 10 or more points. McClain is averaging 18.3 points and 4.2 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.

McClain tallied his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds at SIU Edwardsville (1/11/18). He has scored in double figures in each of his four previous games vs. SIU Edwardsville.

Freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) had 18 points, five rebounds and three assists vs. Eastern Illinois. The 6-11 center has tallied 20 double figure scoring games, while handing out three or more assists in 14 games. Muszynski ranks among national leaders in field goal percentage (.603) and blocked shots per game (2.23).

Freshman Grayson Murphy (Franklin, Tenn.) has been the driving force behind a Belmont offense which leads the nation in assists per game. The 6-2 guard had eight assists vs. Eastern Illinois and 15 assists at Austin Peay - a Belmont NCAA Division I era single-game record. He leads the OVC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.32).

2012 Belmont graduate Drew Hanlen is a native of St. Louis. As CEO of Pure Sweat Basketball, Hanlen has become one of the most respected player development consultants and strategic skills coaches in the NBA. His clients include Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, Bradley Beal, Thon Maker, Kelly Oubre, and former teammate and Belmont All-American Ian Clark ('13).

Belmont Class of 2019 E.J. Bellinger is a native of St. Peters, Missouri.

This marks the eighth meeting between Belmont and SIU Edwardsville.

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.
  
 
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.