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Austin Peay Game Preview

Austin Peay Game Preview

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to game action Saturday at Austin Peay.

The Bruins claimed a 79-66 victory at [rv/rv] Murray State Jan. 24. Freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) had 20 points, six assists and three blocked shots.
 
Senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) continued his fine play with 23 points and four assists at Murray State. The 6-3 guard has 49 career double figure scoring games and ranks among OVC leaders in five statistical categories. McClain is averaging 17.8 points and 5.0 assists per game over his last 10 games. The 6-3 guard was a Preseason All-OVC selection.
 
Sophomore Nick Hopkins (Fayetteville, Tenn.) has scored in double figures in three consecutive games, including 14 points Thursday at Murray State. Hopkins, who scored a season-high 21 points at Samford Nov. 29, has scored nine or more points in five consecutive games.
 
Amanze Egekeze ('18) set an OVC Tournament record with nine consecutive 3-point field goals in the 2018 OVC semifinal vs. Austin Peay. Egekeze finished with a career-high 32 points as Belmont won, 94-79.
 
Evan Bradds ('17) delivered one of the great performances in program history in the 2016 OVC Tournament vs. Austin Peay, setting a tournament record going 15-for-16 from the field and scoring 32 points.
 
Belmont associate head coach Brian Ayers is a Clarksville, Tennessee native, who served on the Governors' coaching staff during the 1995-96 season while earning his master's degree.
 
This marks the 49th meeting between Belmont at Austin Peay.
 
Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. CT. 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. In-game updates will be available via Twitter @BelmontMBB.
 
Belmont at Austin Peay 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.