Belmont-Vanderbilt Game Preview

Belmont-Vanderbilt Game Preview



TICKET UPDATE: No single-game tickets remain for the Vanderbilt at Belmont game. A limited number of tickets are available for season ticket holders and flex pack holders. For more information call or text 615-460-BALL.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early; Curb Event Center doors will open at 5 p.m. CT. Ticketed fans and students are encouraged to use the Johnson Center parking garage and the Belmont Boulevard side entrance (near the fountain) to the Curb Event Center.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to game action Monday hosting Vanderbilt.

The Bruins dropped a heartbreaking 86-82 decision at Washington Friday. Belmont led throughout before the Huskies closed on a 23-10 run, including the game-winning basket from Jaylen Nowell with 32 seconds left.

Freshman Nick Hopkins (Fayetteville, Tenn.) had a team-high 22 points - the most in a Belmont debut in the program's NCAA Division I era.
This marks just the second time that a Power 5 conference program has played Belmont at the Curb Event Center. Vanderbilt played in the first game at the Curb Event Center (11/21/03); the Commodores won, 74-59.
Belmont's three victories over Southeastern Conference opposition rank among the top moments in program history. Belmont defeated No. 22 Missouri (12/30/03), 71-67, for the Bruins' first-ever victory over a nationally-ranked opponent, in just its seventh season of NCAA Division I. The Bruins defeated Alabama (11/19/07), 85-83, as Justin Hare ('08) buried a pullup jumper with 2.2 seconds remaining. Then just last season, Belmont defeated Georgia, 78-69, in the 2017 Postseason NIT.
This marks the fourth time in the last three seasons that Belmont will face a Bryce Drew-coached team. Belmont split a home-and-home series with Valparaiso in the 2015-16 season, before the Bruins opened 2016-17 at Memorial Gymnasium.
Belmont associate head coach Brian Ayers served as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt from 1996-98 under Jan van Breda Kolff.
Belmont assistant coach James Strong was a four-year letterwinner at Vanderbilt from 1996-2000. Strong scored 827 career points and led the SEC in steals as a junior (77). Ayers coached Strong at Vanderbilt during his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Belmont head coach Rick Byrd and former Vanderbilt and current Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings have been close friends since Stallings' arrival in Nashville over two decades ago.
Former Belmont All-American Ian Clark ('13) won an NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors last season with former Vanderbilt All-SEC big man Damian Jones as his teammate. Clark also played the 2015-16 season with former Commodore Festus Ezeli.
Belmont sophomore Seth Adelsperger (Peru, Ind.) was recruited by Bryce Drew to Valparaiso before ultimately committing to play for Belmont.
This marks the fifth meeting between Belmont and Vanderbilt. The Commodores won, 80-66, at Memorial Gymnasium to open the 2016-17 season.
Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT from the Curb Event Center. The game will be broadcast on Facebook LIVE (via Stadium) and simulcast on the OVC Digital Network. 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.