NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to game action Monday vs. Samford.
The Bruins dropped a 79-72 decision Nov. 6 at Illinois State. Despite leading the majority of the contest and receiving a game-high 20 points from sophomore Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio), Belmont shouldered 9-for-13 shooting from behind the arc in the second half from the host Redbirds.
Belmont has strong ties to the state of Alabama, including all-time great Kerron Johnson (Huntsville) and assistant coaches Tyler Holloway (Decatur) and Mick Hedgepeth (Crossville).
Belmont was Samford's first men's basketball opponent in the Pete Hanna Center (11/15/07). Behind 25 points from future Hall of Famer Justin Hare, Belmont won, 81-73. Hare's brother, Josh, played at Samford from 2002-05.
Belmont and Samford met four times from 2001-03 as then-Atlantic Sun Conference members.
Samford director of basketball operations Matthew Powell is the son of Belmont public address announcer Peter Powell.
Samford women's basketball head coach Carley Kuhns was an assistant coach at Belmont from 2011-16.
This marks the 28th meeting between Belmont and Samford. The Bruins won, 99-93, in Birmingham last season. Dylan Windler had a game-high 31 points and 11 rebounds while junior Nick Hopkins (Fayetteville, Tenn.) scored a season-high 21 points.
Tip-off is set for 6:30 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. In-game updates will be available via Twitter @BelmontMBB.
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.