TSU Game Preview

TSU Game Preview

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

The Bruins dropped a 91-80 overtime decision at Jacksonville State Thursday. It was a difficult result as Belmont played a vintage first half and led for the first 37 minutes of the game. Freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) had a career-high 23 points for Belmont. Muszynski has been named OVC Freshman of the Week three times this season.

Tennessee State head coach Brian Collins is a 2006 Belmont graduate, playing point guard for Belmont head coach Rick Byrd from 2002-06. Collins helped Belmont to the 2006 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Former All-OVC players Ian Clark of Belmont and Robert Covington of Tennessee State are enjoying solid young careers in the NBA; Clark for the New Orleans Pelicans and Covington for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Two-time Belmont All-American Evan Bradds ('17) scored 22 points on 10-for-10 shooting and 2-for-2 free throw shooting vs. Tennessee State (2/25/17) in his final game at the Curb Event Center.

Belmont made an NCAA Division I era single-game record of 20 3-point field goals in last season's 84-59 victory over Tennessee State at the Curb Event Center.

This marks the 32nd meeting between Belmont and Tennessee State, 14th in OVC play. Belmont has won 16 of the last 19 meetings.

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.

As a reminder to those planning to attend the remaining home basketball dates this season, Bernard Avenue and the 6th floor entrance to the Curb Garage are currently closed. Those who plan to park in the Curb Garage will need to access it via the 3rd floor entrance off 15th Avenue—please be patient as we expect traffic into and out of the garage to take more time. Fans are encouraged to park in the Johnson Center or Baskin Center.

Tennessee State at Belmont Game Notes
 
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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