Tennessee Tech Game Preview

Tennessee Tech Game Preview

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

The Bruins dropped an 83-73 decision to Jacksonville State Thursday night; the program's first conference opening loss in a decade and just the third conference home loss since joining the OVC in 2012-13.

Senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) had 23 points, eight rebounds, three blocked shots, two steals and two assists. Windler ranks among OVC leaders in 11 statistical categories, including first in rebounding (9.2) and third in scoring (18.5).

Senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) had 21 points and six assists, continuing his stellar campaign. McClain ranks among OVC leaders in six statistical categories, including scoring, assists, steals and assist-to-turnover ratio.

Belmont's 2018 graduates had a major impact on the Tennessee Tech series last season. Austin Luke had 14 assists in the two games last season, Amanze Egekeze hit the eventual game-winning 3-pointer at Tennessee Tech, while Burton Sampson had a career game of eight points and four rebounds.
 
Belmont head coach Rick Byrd served as an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech from 1980-83.
 
This marks the 23rd meeting between Belmont and Tennessee Tech, 13th in OVC play. Belmont has won nine of the last 12 meetings, including 80-67 at the Curb Event Center last season.
 
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. Live 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.
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