NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball received three television selections as the Ohio Valley Conference announced Thursday its slate of conference games across the ESPN family of linear networks for the 2019-20 basketball season.
Belmont will be featured three consecutive Thursdays to close the month of January, including a Jan. 23 date at Murray State that will air on ESPN2:
- Jan. 16 - Eastern Kentucky at Belmont 8 p.m. CT ESPNU
- Jan. 23 - Belmont at Murray State 6 p.m. CT ESPN2
- Jan. 30 - Belmont at Tennessee Tech 8 p.m. CT ESPNU
The Bruins and Colonels have met 16 times in OVC play, with Belmont holding a 12-4 series lead. Belmont scored a Curb Event Center record 109 points in last year's meeting in Nashville. The Bruins are 55-3 all-time in OVC home games.
The Belmont-Murray State rivalry has blossomed into one of the great series in all of college basketball, providing compelling theatre in the regular season and conference tournament. Belmont has won seven of the 11 OVC meetings, including 79-66 at Murray State last season. Both programs won NCAA Tournament games and produced NBA first round draft choices in 2019.
Belmont and Tennessee Tech each welcome new head coaches (Casey Alexander, John Pelphrey). The Bruins have won 11 of the 14 OVC meetings.
The OVC Tournament men's championship game will air on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 7. The tournament will be held at The Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.
Belmont men's basketball has enjoyed 104 televised games over the past seven seasons.
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Games aired on an ESPN network will also be available through the ESPN App, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
An additional 209 regular season conference games (102 men's, 107 women's) and approximately 110 non-conference contests will be streamed on ESPN+.
A complete listing of Belmont men's basketball televised games will be released in the coming days.
To view the entire 2019-20 OVC ESPN Basketball Television Schedule, log onto ovcsports.com.
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Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 13 of the last 14 seasons, including eight berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 17 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 nine 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 14 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is the only NCAA Division I program to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.