The schedule provided the Colonels with a great opportunity to get off to a good start in Ohio Valley Conference.

EKU started league play with four-straight home games -- three of which were match-ups against teams picked in the lower half of the league's preseason poll.

The Colonels emerged from the back-to-back weekends with a 3-1 OVC record and a ton of confidence.

"I'm proud of what we are doing. We are trending in the right direction," EKU coach AW Hamilton said. "The guys are hungry to play and I'm excited about this group."

Now, things will get a little more difficult.

EKU will play its next four games on the road, starting with a trip to Nashville this weekend.

The Colonels are set to take on OVC powerhouse Belmont (3-1, 12-5) at 9 p.m. today, before facing Tennessee State (3-1, 11-6) on Saturday.

EKU wrapped up the homestand with a pair of thrilling victories last week. The Colonels beat Eastern Illinois, 77-74, then held off SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday afternoon.

The wins gave EKU its best start in conference play since 2015.

Jomaru Brown didn't start either game last week, but still made a big impact. The sophomore averaged 22 points and 3.5 steals a game. He was named the OVC Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

The Colonels forced 28 turnovers in the pair of conference wins last week. They rank fourth in the NCAA in turnovers forced-per-game (19.8), 6th in steals-per-game (9.9) and 19th in turnover margin (+4.4).

Since conference play started, senior Lachlan Anderson has come off the bench to average 11.3 points-a-game and 5.3 rebounds-a-game while shooting 63 percent from the field (12-of-19), 53 percent from three-point range (8-of-15) and 81 percent from the stripe (13-of-16).

After JacQuess Hobbs left the game vs. SIUE with an injury, junior Russhard Cruickshank took over primary point guard responsibilities and responded with nine points, a career-high six assists and only one turnover.

Belmont (12-5, 3-1 OVC) swept UT Martin and Southeast Missouri last week.

Sophomore Adam Kunkel leads a high-scoring Belmont offense at 17.2 points-per-game. He is shooting 42 percent from three-point range.

This is the 19th all-time meeting between EKU and Belmont. The Bruins lead the series, 13-5, and have won seven straight over the Colonels.

EKU's last win at the Curb Event Center came on Feb. 6, 2016.

The Bruins have already lost once at home this season to a conference opponent. SIUE topped Belmont 79-69 on Jan. 2.

EKU women set for first OVC road trip

The Eastern Kentucky University women's basketball team is set to hit the road in Ohio Valley Conference play for the first time this season.

The Colonels will take on Belmont today in Nashville.

Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

EKU (7-8, 1-3) snapped a 25-game OVC losing streak with a 49-46 win over SIUE on Saturday at McBrayer Arena.

Teri Goodlett led the way in her first game back from suspension, posting a game-best 13 points and three rebounds.

I'Liyah Green posted a career-high with 12 points and four rebounds. Green was named OVC Newcomer of the Week for the second time this year.

De'Ayra Davis chipped in 12 points and a career-high nine rebounds off the bench for the Colonels.

The Colonel defense held the Cougars to under 30 percent shooting on the contest. The fourth time EKU has held a team under 30 percent shooting on the year.

The Colonels rank 58th in the country in field goal percentage defense.

Belmont comes into the contest at 8-7 (3-1 OVC), after falling on the road at UT Martin, 74-57, on Saturday.

Jamilyn Kennedy led the way for the Bruins posting a team-best 14 points and six rebounds.

Ellie Harmeyer chipped in 13 points and five rebounds of her own.

Belmont ranks first in conference play in scoring defense.

The Bruins rank 45th in the country in rebound margin.

Belmont leads the all-time series with EKU, 20-3.

The Bruins won both contests last year.

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