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2018–19 Belmont Bruins men's basketball team

The 2018–19 Belmont Bruins men's basketball team represents Belmont University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bruins, led by 33rd-year head coach Rick Byrd, play their home games at the Curb Event Center in Nashville, Tennessee as members of the Ohio Valley Conference. The earned their first ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as an #11 seed.

2018–19 Belmont Bruins men's basketball
Belmont Bruins wordmark.svg
Ohio Valley regular season co-champions
NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
2018–19 record27–6 (16–2 OVC)
Head coachRick Byrd (33rd season)
Assistant coachBrian Ayers
Assistant coachJames Strong
Assistant coachTyler Holloway
Home arenaCurb Event Center
Seasons
2018–19 Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Belmont 16 2   .889     27 6   .818
Murray State 16 2   .889     28 5   .848
Jacksonville State 15 3   .833     24 9   .727
Austin Peay 13 5   .722     22 11   .667
Morehead State 8 10   .444     13 20   .394
Eastern Illinois 7 11   .389     14 18   .438
UT Martin 6 12   .333     12 19   .387
SIU Edwardsville 6 12   .333     10 21   .323
Eastern Kentucky 6 12   .333     13 18   .419
Tennessee State 6 12   .333     9 21   .300
Southeast Missouri State 5 13   .278     10 21   .323
Tennessee Tech 4 14   .222     8 23   .258
2019 OVC Tournament winner

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Previous seasonEdit

The Bruins finished the 2017–18 season 24–9, 15–3 in OVC play to finish in second place. They defeated Austin Peay in the semifinals of the OVC Tournament to advance to the championship game where they lost to Murray State. Despite having 24 wins, they did not participate in a postseason tournament.

RosterEdit

2018–19 Belmont Bruins men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 0 Michael Mayernick 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 150 lb (68 kg) RS Fr Nashville, Tennessee
G 1 Mitch Listau 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Fr Waunakee, Wisconsin
G 2 Grayson Murphy 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS Fr Thompson's Station, Tennessee
G/F 3 Dylan Windler 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Indianapolis, Indiana
G 5 Adam Kunkel 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Hebron, Kentucky
G/F 10 Caleb Hollander 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Fr Nashville, Tennessee
F 11 Kevin McClain 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Jennings, Florida
G 14 Nick Hopkins 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 160 lb (73 kg) RS So Fayetteville, Tennessee
G 20 Tate Pierson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Fr Brentwood, Tennessee
F 21 Derek Sabin 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS Fr Slinger, Wisconsin
G 24 Micahel Benkert 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Jr Greenwood, Indiana
F 25 Mack Mercer 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Sr Plymouth, Indiana
C 33 Nick Muszynski 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS Fr Pickerington, Ohio
G 35 Garrett Suedekum 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 160 lb (73 kg) RS So Brentwood, Tennessee
C 50 Seth Adelsperger 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Jr Peru, Indiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2018-08-29

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular season
Nov 10, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Illinois State W 100–89  1–0
Curb Event Center (3,086)
Nashville, TN
Nov 12, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Middle Tennessee W 92–73  2–0
Curb Event Center (2,148)
Nashville, TN
Nov 15, 2018*
6:30 pm, ESPN+
at Lipscomb
Battle of the Boulevard
W 87–83  3–0
Allen Arena (2,369)
Nashville, TN
Nov 20, 2018*
6:30 pm, ESPN+
Trevecca Nazarene W 104–50  4–0
Curb Event Center (1,517)
Nashville, TN
Nov 24, 2018*
3:00 pm, ESPN+
at Kennesaw State W 91–53  5–0
KSU Convocation Center (602)
Kennesaw, GA
Nov 29, 2018*
6:30 pm, ESPN+
at Samford W 99–93 OT 6–0
Pete Hanna Center (1,651)
Homewood, AL
Dec 1, 2018*
1:00 pm, ESPN3
at Green Bay L 92–100  6–1
Resch Center (2,125)
Green Bay, WI
Dec 4, 2018*
6:00 pm, ESPN+
Lipscomb W 76–74  7–1
Curb Event Center (3,479)
Nashville, TN
Dec 15, 2018*
4:00 pm, P12N
at UCLA W 74–72  8–1
Pauley Pavilion (8,037)
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 19, 2018*
6:30 pm, ESPN3
Western Kentucky W 80–74  9–1
Curb Event Center (4,124)
Nashville, TN
Dec 29, 2018*
3:30 pm, FS1
at Purdue L 62–73  9–2
Mackey Arena (14,804)
West Lafayette, IN
Ohio Valley regular season
Jan 3, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPNU
Jacksonville State L 73–83  9–3
(0–1)
Curb Event Center (2,518)
Nashville, TN
Jan 5, 2019
5:00 pm, ESPN+
Tennessee Tech W 79–67  10–3
(1–1)
Curb Event Center (2,385)
Nashville, TN
Jan 10, 2019
6:30 pm, ESPN+
Morehead State W 77–60  11–3
(2–1)
Curb Event Center (1,704)
Nashville, TN
Jan 12, 2019
5:00 pm, ESPN+
Eastern Kentucky W 109–93  12–3
(3–1)
Curb Event Center (2,282)
Nashville, TN
Jan 17, 2019
7:15 pm, ESPN+
at Jacksonville State L 80–91 OT 12–4
(3–2)
Pete Mathews Coliseum (2,875)
Jacksonville, AL
Jan 19, 2019
5:00 pm, ESPN+
Tennessee State W 92–74  13–4
(4–2)
Curb Event Center (2,768)
Nashville, TN
Jan 24, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPNU
at Murray State W 79–66  14–4
(5–2)
CFSB Center (8,969)
Murray, KY
Jan 26, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPN+
at Austin Peay W 96–92  15–4
(6–2)
Dunn Center (2,215)
Clarksville, TN
Jan 31, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
Southeast Missouri State W 97–71  16–4
(7–2)
Curb Event Center (1,821)
Nashville, TN
Feb 2, 2019
5:00 pm, ESPN+
UT Martin W 82–67  17–4
(8–2)
Curb Event Center (2,478)
Nashville, TN
Feb 7, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPN+
at Eastern Kentucky W 83–65  18–4
(9–2)
McBrayer Arena (1,620)
Richmond, KY
Feb 9, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPN+
at Morehead State W 96–86  19–4
(10–2)
Ellis Johnson Arena (2,077)
Morehead, KY
Feb 14, 2019
7:30 pm, ESPN+
at Tennessee State W 77–66  20–4
(11–2)
Gentry Complex (931)
Nashville, TN
Feb 16, 2019
7:30 pm, ESPN+
at Tennessee Tech W 93–65  21–4
(12–2)
Eblen Center (2,625)
Cookeville, TN
Feb 21, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
Eastern Illinois W 99–58  22–4
(13–2)
Curb Event Center (2,468)
Nashville, TN
Feb 23, 2019
5:00 pm, ESPN+
SIU Edwardsville W 97–75  23–4
(14–2)
Curb Event Center (4,094)
Nashville, TN
Feb 28, 2019
7:30 pm, ESPN+
at UT Martin W 112–67  24–4
(15–2)
Skyhawk Arena (1,316)
Martin, TN
Mar 2, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
at Southeast Missouri State W 84–66  25–4
(16–2)
Show Me Center (1,484)
Cape Girardeau, MO
Ohio Valley Conference Tournament
Mar 8, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPNU
(1) vs. (4) Austin Peay
Semifinals
W 83–67  26–4
Ford Center 
Evansville, IN
Mar 3, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
(1) vs. (2) Murray State
Championship game
L 65–77  26–5
Ford Center (10,525)
Evansville, IN
NCAA Tournament
Mar 19, 2019*
5:40 pm, truTV
(11 E) vs. (11 E) Temple
First Four
W 81–70  27–5
UD Arena (11,784)
Dayton, OH
Mar 22, 2019*
2:10 pm, truTV
(11 E) vs. (6 E) Maryland
First Round
L 77–79  27–6
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena (12,429)
Jacksonville, FL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Source[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018-19 Belmont Men's Basketball Schedule". Belmont Bruins. Retrieved August 29, 2018.