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Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2012 20:11
Men’s basketball hosts OVC-newcomer Belmont in January
The men’s basketball team will welcome Ohio Valley Conference newcomer Belmont University to the Hooper Eblen Center Jan. 5.
“It’s another good team,” Steve Payne, head coach, said. “But I don’t expect them to come in here and dominate our league.”
Belmont left the Atlantic Sun Conference last season after winning the season and tournament championship.
They won the A-Sun for the fifth time in six years and reached the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in seven years. They were in the conference from 2001-2012.
The Bruins finished last season with a 27-8 overall record. That would have placed them only behind Murray State University last season, who finished 31-2 for the best overall record in the OVC.
“Our league was good before they came in,” Payne said. “Playing Belmont to us is no different than playing any other quality team in our league.”
Tech finished last season as one of five OVC teams with a record of .500 or better, finishing 19-14.
Payne feels his Golden Eagles will match up against the Bruins.
“I expect us to compete very well,” Payne said. “Before Belmont, we had already won games in four straight postseason tournaments, and we produce NBA players just like them.”
The Golden Eagles will host the Bruins Jan. 5 at the Hooper Eblen Center at 7:30 p.m.
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Women’s basketball to visit NY for Christmas tournament amid rough December schedule
The Tech women’s basketball team will face a challenging December schedule, including games against Vanderbilt University and Samford University, as well as the St. John’s Christmas Tournament.
Coming off a 2-3 home stand, the team hits the road for the first time playing at 3-3 Vanderbilt tomorrow at 1 p.m.
“Vandy is a quality SEC opponent with good size,” Jim Davis, head women’s basketball coach, said. “So we’re working hard in the post and limiting touches in the paint.”
Tech’s women’s basketball team continues to grow every game with more players contributing.
“This team is growing, and we look forward to every team we meet,” Davis said. “Samford and Louisiana-Monroe are good teams. We’re looking forward to Jacksonville State. Every game is important to us.”
Tech has already faced the University of Louisiana at Monroe, falling 59-48.
The team will travel to New York, NY, to take part in the St. John’s Christmas Tournament Dec. 15 and 16 against St. John’s University, St. Mary’s College and the University of California, Los Angeles.
“There are really good teams,” Davis said. “UCLA is in the top 25. We’re going there to win, and we want them to get a good education too.”
Tech plays host to Samford Dec. 6 at 5: 30 p.m. at the Hooper Eblen Center as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team playing the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay at 7:30 p.m.
Tech opens Ohio Valley Conference play Dec. 29 facing Jacksonville State University at Jacksonville State at 2 p.m.