Belmont earned this year's first NCAA tournament invite when the Bruins ended the nation's second-longest win streak in knocking off Murray State via a Taylor Barnette three-pointer with four seconds remaining. The shot topped a madcap final three minutes in which Belmont lost two leads and found themselves down to…
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Congratulations to the Belmont Bruins, who in beating Florida Gulf Coast 83-69 won the Atlantic Sun tournament and punched their ticket to the dance. [ESPN2]
The initial rush of excitement that the NCAA Tournament brings us often disguises the fact that the games themselves sometimes disappoint. The upsets we crave, the upsets that excite us about all this in the first place — the first weekend is always more of an "event" than the national championship game — don't come…
Duke Blue Devils (27-5) vs. Belmont Bruins (25-8)
Where: Washington, D.C.
1. Wait... The Atlantic Sun is Perhaps Not A Powerhouse Conference? Belmont has ranked in the top 10 nationally in three-point field goals per game seven of the last 10 years. The Bruins are fourth this year at 10.6 three-pointers per game. HOWEVUH, when it mattered (in their NCAA appearances the last two seasons),…
Georgetown Hoyas (27-7) vs. Belmont Bruins (22-9)
When: Thursday, 2:40 p.m.
Where: Winston-Salem, N.C.
1. Live by the Three... Belmont upset the Atlantic Sun conference's regular-season champion East Tennessee State on its home floor in the worst way possible — with a 94-67 rout underwritten by a flurry three-pointers. Belmont made 12 in the first half alone, including a desperation shot at the buzzer — the salt in the…
UCLA Bruins (27-6) vs. Belmont Bruins (20-10).
When: Thursday, 5:10 p.m. ET
Where: San Diego
1. But What About The Stickiest? Belmont sports information director Greg Sage was on such an, um, high after the Bruins' win over archrival Lipscomb in the Atlantic Sun Tournament championship game, he described it this way: The Bruins used courageous defense and the determined scoring of an unflappable sophomore to…