Belmont-SIU Edwardsville Game Preview

Belmont-SIU Edwardsville Game Preview

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

Belmont dropped a 64-60 decision to Jacksonville State Jan. 6. It marked just the second home loss for Belmont since joining the OVC in 2012-13.

Junior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) scored a game-high 19 points for the Bruins. McClain has scored in double figures in three of his last four games and is averaging 13.0 points per game in league play.

Junior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) ranks among NCAA leaders in field goal percentage, rebounding and double-doubles. His 10 double-doubles are quickly approaching the Belmont NCAA Division I era single-season mark of 17, set by Adam Sonn in 2003.

Senior Amanze Egekeze (Lake in the Hills, Ill.) has 52 career double figure scoring games and ranks fifth in the OVC in scoring and third in 3-point field goals per game.

Senior Austin Luke (Rowlett, Texas) ranks ninth nationally in assists per game (7.3) and has a 3.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in league games.

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 Dwight Howard, Andrew Wiggins, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, Zach LaVine, Thon Maker, Kelly Oubre, and former teammate and Belmont All-American Ian Clark ('13).

With the OVC expanding to an 18-game conference schedule, this marks the first time Belmont and SIU Edwardsville will place twice in the same season.

This marks the sixth meeting between Belmont and SIU Edwardsville.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest and Fox Sports Southeast, and simulcast on OVC Digital Network. The live play-by-play of the Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram can be heard on the Bruin Sports Network. In-game updates will be available via Twitter @BelmontMBB.

Belmont at SIU Edwardsville Game Notes

Fox Sports Midwest Channel Finder

Fox Sports Southeast Channel Finder (middle Tennessee area; check local listings)

  • Comcast Xfinity: Ch. 1251
  • DirecTV: Ch. 649
  • Dish Network: Ch. 437
  • AT&T U-verse: Ch. 1727