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Arkansas State faces Belmont Wednesday in NIT Season Tip-Off

Date: Nov. 18, 2010

Location: Knoxville, Tenn.

Tipoff: 8:30 p.m. (CST)

Arena: Thompson-Boling Arena

Arena Capacity: 21,678

Webcast: AstateRedWolves.com

 

TIPPING IT OFF

ASU will play Belmont in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off Wednesday in Knoxville, Tenn. at the Thompson-Boling Arena. The game is scheduled to get underway at 8:30 p.m. (CST)

 

THE OPPONENT

Belmont is 0-1 after dropping their season opener to Tennessee Tuesday 76-85. Sophomore guard Ian Clark led the Bruins with 18 points against the Volunteers. The Bruins return four starters from last year's squad which went 19-12 and won a share of the regular-season title in the Atlantic Sun with a 14-6 league record. Clark is the top returner for the Bruins after averaging 14.9 points per game as a freshman in 09-10. Junior forward/center Mick Hedgepeth is the only their returner who averaged in double-digits a year ago, averaging 11.6 points per game and leading the squad with 6.5 rebounds per game. Rick Byrd is in his 25th year at the helm of the Belmont program owning a 488-273 record.

 

THE SERIES

ASU is 4-0 over Belmont but has not played the Bruins since their move to Division I. The last meeting in the series was during the 1985-86 season with A-State taking the 81-63 win in Jonesboro.

 

SOUTH REGION

Missouri State and Tennessee will face off against each other in the early game of the evening tipping off at 6 p.m. (CST) at the Thompson Boling Arena to determine which team advances to New York. VCU and UCLA have already won the East and West brackets, respectively to advance to the final rounds in NYC.

 

BRYANT EXPLODES VERSUS MO. STATE

Junior guard Daniel Bryant scored 20 points, his second highest single-game performance of his career to lead ASU in their opening round matchup of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Bryant sparked a 20-2 run for the Red Wolves during the game when he hit three three-pointers. Bryant is averaging 12.0 ppg and shooting .455 from beyond the three-point arc.

 

FOUR IN DOUBLE-DIGITS VERSUS MO. STATE

ASU had four players score in double-digits against Missouri State led by Bryant's 20. Martavius Adams scored 15, Trey Finn scored 13 and Brandon Peterson had 10. Adams led the team with nine boards while Peterson had six.

 

TOUGH RED WOLVES

Three of ASU's five starters have played in 33 consecutive games, dating back to the beginning of last season. Allison and Adams have started 33 straight and Peterson has played in 33 straight starting in 21 straight. Finn has started in 32 straight games, only missing his first game his freshman season.

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