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2013 NCAA Tournament Profile: Ohio Valley Conference Champion Belmont Bruins

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Record: 26-6

RPI: 19

BPI: 50

Conference: Ohio Valley Conference

How They Qualified: Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Champions

 

By way of a thrilling, Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship, the Belmont Bruins are dancing for a third consecutive season. The Bruins stunned Murray State in the waning seconds of a game that needed overtime to decide a winner. Kerron Johnson buried a step back jumper with just over one second remaining on the clock, sending the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in the process.

Belmont has now qualified for six NCAA Tournament since 2006 as head coach Rick Byrd continues to do a tremendous job with this program. This year also marked Belmont’s first season as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and they conclude their conference slate with a regular season and tournament crown.

 

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Leading Scorer: Ian Clark (18.1 ppg)

Leading Rebounder: Trevor Noack (5.5 rpg)

Leading Passer: Kerron Johnson (4.8 apg)

Bad Losses: Central Florida, Tennessee State

Good Wins: Stanford, Middle Tennessee State, Murray State

 

Heading into the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, there was a lot of talk about Belmont’s potential as an at-large participant, should they have lost that game to Murray State. Johnson’s game-winner laid that conversation to rest though and now there is no doubt of the Bruins’ Cinderella potential.

At 26-6 overall, Belmont has all the makings of a team that nobody wants to draw in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins will be a handful in the Big Dance, but can they put an end to their winless (0-5) history?

The Belmont Bruins are dancing!

 

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2015 NCAA Tournament Profile: Belmont Bruins

Record: 22-10

Region – Seed: East – No. 15

RPI: 105

BPI: 54

Conference: Ohio Valley Conference

How They Qualified: OVC Tournament Champion

The Belmont Bruins have had success in the past, but this trip to the NCAA Tournament is a bit unexpected. Yes, Belmont won a share of the Ohio Valley Conference East Division title, but Rick Byrd has had better teams during his 29-year tenure in Nashville.

Byrd is an outstanding coach and he got his team playing well at the right time. Belmont has won seven in a row, including an 88-87 upset win over OVC regular season champion Murray State in the tournament championship game.

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Craig Bradshaw, 17.9 ppg

Leading Rebounder: Evan Bradds, 7.1 rpg

Leading Passer: Reece Chamberlain, 5.9 apg

Bad Losses: at Wright State, at Jacksonville State

Good Wins: Murray State

Byrd will have his team ready to play in the big dance. He has been there before, even though many of his best players haven’t. Junior guard Craig Bradshaw is an excellent shooter, while Evan Bradds is the main interior player for the Bruins.

Taylor Barnette is another outstanding shooter for Belmont, and he hit the game-winning shot in the OVC Tournament championship. Reece Chamberlain is an outstanding distributor at the point for the Bruins.

The OVC has had some success in the NCAA Tournament recently, but Belmont is probably a long shot to win a game. However, with Byrd’s experience on the bench, they will be a tough out.

Tim Letcher is a Featured Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

The Belmont Bruins have had success in the past, but this trip to the NCAA Tournament is a bit unexpected.

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