PROVIDENCE, R.I. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to game action Wednesday at Providence in the 2K Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
The Bruins are coming off arguably their finest non-conference week in their NCAA Division I era, recording wins over 2017 NCAA Tournament teams Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee, as well as Houston Baptist and Seattle in winning the Nashville subregional of the 2K Classic.
Junior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) was named tournament most valuable player, after scoring 42 points over the two days, including a career-high 27 points vs. Houston Baptist. Junior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) was named to the all-tournament team, and was named player of the week by the Ohio Valley Conference and Tennessee Sports Writers Association.
Belmont head coach Rick Byrd and Providence head coach Ed Cooley have each been named national coach of the year; Byrd was the 2011 Lou Henson National Coach of the Year while Cooley was the 2010 Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year.
Providence senior Jalen Lindsey is a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He played high school basketball at Christ Presbyterian Academy, and was a high school teammate of Belmont all-time great Craig Bradshaw ('16).
2017 Belmont graduate Evan Bradds and former Providence standout Kris Dunn each garnered AP All-America honors in 2016.
Belmont has two victories over the Big East Conference: at Marquette (W, 83-80, 11/13/15) and vs. Butler (W, 60-58, 11/23/98).
As fate would have it, Belmont will spend a second straight Thanksgiving holiday in the state of Rhode Island. The Bruins played at URI (11/25/16).
This marks the first meeting between Belmont and Providence.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on FS1 and the Fox Sports Go 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.