Tech’s men’s basketball team hopes to overcome pre-season bias as it continues in OVC play this week. The Golden Eagles were ranked last overall in the pre-season poll this year after winning only four OVC games last season.   

“I thought the preseason ranks were very disrespectful, not only to me as a senior but also to our program,” said senior Golden Eagle Jeremiah Samarrippas.

With an upcoming game against Belmont, Tech hopes to rally back from recent big losses against Murray State and Southeast Missouri.

After numerous road losses against OVC opponents last week, Tech looks to pack the Hoop against Belmont in hopes of improving their ranking in the conference.

The team and staff, such as Tech Athletic Director Mark Wilson, are asking for support from the TTU campus.

“Tennessee Tech’s students can create a great game atmosphere,” Wilson said. “I invite them to start filling up The Nest Student Section to make the Eblen Center an intimidating environment for the opponents.”

Belmont is ranked first in the OVC West with a record of 6-1 in conference play. Tech will match up against Belmont on Feb. 1in the Hooper Eblen Center at 7:30 p.m.

Director of Basketball Operations Gus Fraley said he has faith in the team.

“Because of so many new faces, our success is a work in progress this season,” Fraley said. “Our chemistry has improved each game and if we can continue to work hard, we have a shot to have a great season.”

Upcoming games for the Golden Eagles include Jacksonville State, Eastern Kentucky, and Morehead State. These big games will test the young team to come together before beginning OVC tournament play in March.