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EKU men open their basketball season at home Monday night

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EKU Head Men's Basketball Coach A.W. Hamilton

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team opens its season at home Monday night against Miami of Ohio-Middletown. During the annual media day event, EKU Head Coach A.W. Hamilton said there are nine new players on the team. The fifth-year coach noted there’s “buy-in” as a group and his team is eager to make its mark.

“They’re putting themselves in a position to be a really good basketball team, but it’s going to be tough early. We know that. It’s can you stay the course, can you get through adversity? When you hit a bump can you get through to the other side of it. And they’re showing us they can do that.” said Hamilton.

Forward Michael Moreno of Scott County is seen as a team leader. For his part, he said this team’s growth includes off-the-court experiences.

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“I would say this is the closest team I’ve been on in four years, as far as off the court. You know, we’ve always gotten along but this team is just a little bit different. Coach has put an emphasis on not only taking pride in being a part of this basketball team but being a part of a group with each other.”

EKU is coming off a 13 and 18 record last year.

The Colonels will be playing in a re-named arena. It was announced last week Baptist Health Richmond secured naming rights with the Richmond school.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 30 years.
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