NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to game action Thursday at Samford.
The Bruins defeated Kennesaw State, 91-53, Saturday. Six Bruins scored in double figures, including junior Seth Adelsperger (Peru, Ind.) who recorded a career-high 13 points.
Belmont has demonstrated tremendous offensive balance in its 5-0 start, with all five starters averaging at least 12.0 points per game. The Bruins are averaging 21.8 assists per game and are seventh nationally in 2-point field goal percentage per noted statistician Ken Pomeroy.
Belmont has led the nation in 2-point field goal percentage five of the last six seasons.
Belmont has strong ties to the state of Alabama; including all-time greats Kerron Johnson (Huntsville) and Mick Hedgepeth (Crossville) and assistant coaches James Strong (Huntsville) and Tyler Holloway (Decatur).
Samford Director of Basketball Operations Matthew Powell is the son of Belmont Public Address Announcer Peter Powell.
Belmont and Samford met four times from 2001-03 as then-Atlantic Sun Conference members.
Belmont was Samford's first men's basketball opponent in the Pete Hanna Center (11/15/07). Behind 25 points from future Belmont Hall of Famer Justin Hare, Belmont won, 81-73. Hare's brother, Josh, played at Samford from 2002-05.
This marks the 27th meeting between Belmont and Samford. The Bruins won the last meeting, 78-60, at the Curb Event Center to open the 2008-09 season (11/14/08).
Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+. The live play-by-play of Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram can be heard on the Bruin Sports Network and the Belmont Gameday app. In-game updates will be available via Twitter @BelmontMBB.