NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to action Thursday at Middle Tennessee.
The Bruins defeated Vanderbilt, 69-60, Monday in front of a Curb Event Center record crowd of 5,266. Junior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior Amanze Egekeze (Lake in the Hills, Ill.) combined on 46 points and 18 rebounds to lead Belmont.
Belmont and Middle Tennessee graduated two of the top forwards in the nation last season. Evan Bradds and Reggie Upshaw were named to the 2017 Reese's NABC Division I All-Star Game at the Final Four in Glendale, Arizona.
The Bruins and Blue Raiders have become fixtures in March, winning conference championships and posting significant postseason victories.
Bradds and Middle Tennessee senior Edward Simpson were named to the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team.
Since 2010, Belmont and Middle Tennessee have two of the top five home court winning percentages in the nation.
2017 Belmont graduate Nick Smith and Middle Tennessee sophomore Tyrik Dixon both hail from Bentonville, Arkansas.
Belmont and Middle Tennessee have five common opponents this season: Vanderbilt, Murray State, Tennessee State, Western Kentucky and Trevecca (NOTE: Trevecca was exhibition for Belmont).
This marks the 15th straight season Belmont and Middle Tennessee have played during the non-conference schedule.
Belmont has won seven of the last 10 games in the series, with the Blue Raiders winning last season, 79-66.