Men’s basketball returns to the court to take on the state of Kentucky

• Of the 8 Division I men’s basketball programs in Kentucky, Morehead State ranks first with 48 wins over the past three seasons. Of all 27 collegiate programs in the Bluegrass State, only one – Thomas More – had more wins (48) than the 2020-21 and 2021-22 Eagles.

Drew Thelwell Second on the team in rebounds (5.2) so far in 2022-23 and notched his first career double-double (11 pts, 10 rebs) at Vanderbilt. Thelwell’s previous career high at Rebonds was five.

• Graduate transfer Alex Gross came to MSU with high career results from his four years at Olivet Nazarene, Illinois. He was a three-time NAIA All-American, finishing with 2,021 points, 1,226 rebounds, 426 assists and 363 blocks. He was honored with NAIA men’s basketball’s CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year Award in 2021-22.

Alex Gross is one of only four current players on Division I teams to have 2,000+ career points in college. He is the only player in Division I to have 2,000+ points AND 1,200+ career rebounds in college.

• Morehead State was voted #1 by coaches and media staff in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll. Senior Guard Markus Freeman was selected to the Preseason All-OVC Team.

Branden Maughmer (pronounced MOFF-mer) exploded for 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists against CU-Harrodsburg. He now has 1,749 points and 427 assists in his collegiate career. He only needs 73 assists to reach 1,700+ career points AND 500+ career assists.

• Morehead State has beaten 49 opponents and won 40 of those games in the last three seasons.

LJ Bryan hitting 75 percent from the field this season and 60 percent for his Eagle career.

• Both Alex Gross and Drew Thelwell have hit double digits in four of their first five games.

• Morehead State ranks third in goal defense in OVC (70.4).

• The Eagles’ .813 free-throw rate in West Virginia was their best single-game efficiency (over 10 attempts) since they hit 92 percent in the OVC Tournament Championship win against Belmont on March 6, 2021.

• MSU ranks second in OVC for free-throw accuracy and has shot 73 percent from the line so far this year.

• Head Coach Preston Spradlin needs six wins to become the sixth head coach in program history to lead his teams to 100+ wins. Spradlin is only the second head coach in program history to have led his teams to 20 consecutive 20-win seasons.

• Spradlin and his staff signed four student-athletes in the early signing phase that rank among the best classes in the program’s history. The newest Eagles for next season are: Mekhi Grant (6-9, Charlotte, NC), Eddie Ricks III (6-7, Clarksville, Tennessee), George Marshall (6-4, Jackson, Miss.) and Jerone Morton ( 6-4, Winchester, Ky.). All four rank in the top five in their positional group in their home states, according to Prep Hoops or Rivals.