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  1. 2014 Ohio Valley Tournament Preview: Belmont looking to repeat

    Mar 4, 2014, 5:57 PM EDT

    AP

    Last season, Kerron Johnson propelled Belmont, in its first season as a conference member, to the Ohio Valley tournament title with a last-second bucket over Murray State. If all goes according to plan, the Bruins and the Racers will meet up again in the OVC championship game as they head into the field this season…

  2. NCAA releases early numbers on scoring increase in college basketball

    Dec 12, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Now that we’re a month into the college basketball season, it’s a good time to take a look at the impact that the new points of emphasis regarding contact have had on the sport. Of course there have been some foul-fests due to the combination of players and officials working to adjust to the rules…

  3. Belmont knocks off No. 12 North Carolina thanks to J.J. Mann’s three clutch threes

    Nov 17, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

    J.J. Mann

    J.J. Mann hit three threes in the final minute to help erase a late eight-point deficit as Belmont went into the Dean Dome and knocked off North Carolina 83-80 on Sunday afternoon. The junior guard finished with 28 points, but was just 5-for-18 from the floor and 2-for-11 from three before catching fire in the…

  4. Rick Byrd, Belmont looking to continue streak of NCAA tournament appearances

    Oct 17, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    AP

    Only three programs have earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament in six out of the last eight seasons — Kansas, Memphis and the Bruins. The Belmont Bruins. The latest trip to the Big Dance this past March almost didn’t happen. Belmont head coach Rick Byrd needed two clutch shots, including the game-winner, from┬ásenior…

  5. Kentucky and UNC provide early challenges for Belmont

    Aug 31, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    Rick Byrd

    Last year, Rick Byrd put together a schedule that gave Belmont some tough tests. According to the Nashville Tennesseean, the Bruins played the No. 2 strength of schedule – traveling to Stanford, VCU and Kansas – and ended up with a top-25 RPI in 2012-13. Pretty impressive, but this year’s slate might be even more…

  6. Belmont’s Byrd gets Hall of Fame punk’d

    Oct 6, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

    Rick Byrd (Getty Images)

    Rick Byrd is one of those coaches who just seems happy where he is. When he took over the Belmont Bruins in 1986, the program was a member of the TranSouth Athletic Conference of the NAIA. Ten years later, in 1996, the Bruins made an epic leap to the NCAA’s Division I, spending five seasons…

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