November 1, 2017

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MARTIN, Tenn. –
Skyhawk fans will get their first glimpse at the 2017-18 University of Tennessee at Martin basketball squads on Monday, Nov. 6 at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. The night begins with the Skyhawk women’s team hosting Lindsey Wilson College in a 5:30 p.m. exhibition before the UT Martin men’s team takes the court at 7:30 p.m. for the “Blue vs. Orange” intersquad game. Admission is free to both events.

The Skyhawk women’s team returns six players – including four starters – from last season’s squad that won eight of their last 11 games to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference. Kevin McMillan enters his ninth season as head coach at UT Martin, compiling a 154-102 career record.

Picked to finish third at OVC Media Day last week, the Skyhawks boast three Preseason All-OVC honorees in senior Ashton Feldhaus, sophomore Kendall Spray and junior Myah Taylor. Feldhaus averaged 11.0 points and a team-high 5.1 rebounds per game while Spray tossed in team-highs of 12.5 points per game and 89 three-pointers last season. Taylor tallied 12.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per outing for UT Martin during a 2016-17 season that saw the Skyhawks advance to the OVC Tournament semifinals.

The UT Martin men’s team returns four players from last season’s squad that tied a school record with 22 victories while winning a postseason game for the third consecutive season. Head coach Anthony Stewart is in his second season with the Skyhawks after he was a finalist for the 2017 Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year last spring.

Senior guard Matthew Butler was named to the Preseason All-OVC squad after averaging 13.7 points and 3.7 assists per game last season. Butler will be joined by Delfincko Bogan, Mike Fofana, Jailen Gill, Fatodd Lewis, Terrence Parker and Lorenzen Wright, Jr. on the Blue squad that will go against an Orange team that includes Kahari Beaufort, Jerome Davis, Parrish Hewitt, Kevin Little, Darius Thompson, Dalen Victor and Dominique Williams. The “Blue vs. Orange” game will consist of two halves of 14-minutes with a running clock.

Both UT Martin teams begin their 2017-18 season on Friday, Nov. 10. The Skyhawk women’s team opens at Southern Illinois while the UT Martin men’s squad travels to Marshall.

For information on season ticket packages and single-game tickets, contact Skyhawk ticket operations manager Fran Spears at (731) 881-7207.

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