Basketball Teams Travel to Nashville for Thursday-Night Doubleheader at Belmont
INSIDE THE SERIES
– This is the 27th all-time meeting between the two teams.
– Belmont leads the all-time series between the two teams, 22-4.
– The Bruins have won 15 straight in the series.
– Eastern comes in at 6-10 (5-7 OVC), after falling to Murray State, 82-66, on Saturday at McBrayer Arena.
– Jayla Johnson led the way for the Colonels posting 22 points and five rebounds against the Racers.
– Johnson was named Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week for the second time this year after her performance against Murray State.
– EKU ranks 22nd in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense on the season.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
– Belmont comes into the contest at 10-5 (7-3 OVC), after falling to Southeast Missouri, 70-66, on Tuesday in Nashville.
– The Bruins were led by freshman Destinee Wells, who scored a team-best 19 points and dished out nine assists against the Redhawks.
– Wells was named OVC Freshman of the Week for the second time this year on Tuesday.
– Belmont ranks sixth in the country in steals per game.
Eastern Kentucky rounds out the Nashville swing on Saturday when the Colonels take on Tennessee State. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.
WHAT TO KNOW
EKU (15-4, 9-3 OVC) comes into the game in third place in the OVC standings. The Colonels bounced back from two straight home losses by defeating SIUE, 78-74, on the road on Monday afternoon.
All five EKU starters scored in double figures in the win over SIUE. Freshman Wendell Green Jr. led the way with 18 points.
Green Jr. was voted the OVC Co-Freshman of the Week for the fourth time on Monday. He averaged 23.7 points, 8.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds-per-game last week.
Green Jr. leads all freshmen in the country with 105 assists.
Sophomore Michael Moreno now leads the OVC in three-point field goal percentage (50% / 34-of-58) and three-point field goals-per-game (2.8) during OVC play.
Eastern ranks in the top-25 in the NCAA in 10 categories – including 1st in steals-per-game (11.2), 2nd in turnover margin (+7.2), 2nd in turnovers forced-per-game (20.2), 12th in scoring (82.6) and 22nd in three-pointers-per-game (9.8).
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Belmont (20-1, 14-0 OVC) has not lost since Dec. 5.
Nick Muszynski paces five Bruins averaging double figures at 15.1 points-per-game.
This is the 22nd all-time meeting between EKU and Belmont. The Bruins lead the series, 16-5, and have won ten straight over the Colonels. EKU’s last win over Belmont came on Feb. 6, 2016 at the Curb Event Center.
EKU stays in Nashville to play Tennessee State on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.