Belmont Bruins men's basketball

The Belmont Bruins men's basketball team represents Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Belmont joined the Ohio Valley Conference in July 2012, leaving behind their previous home of the Atlantic Sun Conference. They play their home games at Curb Event Center and are currently coached by Casey Alexander. The Bruins made their eighth appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2019.

Belmont Bruins
2019–20 Belmont Bruins men's basketball team
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UniversityBelmont University
Head coachCasey Alexander (1st season)
ConferenceOhio Valley
LocationNashville, Tennessee
ArenaCurb Event Center
(Capacity: 5,085)
NicknameBruins
ColorsNavy, White, and Red[1]
              
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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NCAA Tournament Appearances
2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019
NIT Quarterfinals
2014
NIT Second Round
2014, 2017
NIT Tournament Appearances
2004, 2014, 2016, 2017
Conference Tournament Champions
2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2020
Conference Regular Season Champions
2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020
Conference Division Season Champions
2003, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Coaching staffEdit

  • Casey Alexander – Head Coach
  • Brian Ayers – Associate Head Coach
  • Tyler Holloway – Assistant Coach
  • Sean Rutigliano – Assistant Coach
  • Mick Hedgepeth – Director of Basketball Operations

AwardsEdit

Record by yearEdit

Statistics overview
Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Belmont Rebels[6] (VSAC) (1953–1986)
1953–56 Larry Striplin 58–42 (.580) 1955 NAIA Playoff
1957–62 George Kelley 58–71 (.450) 1960 NAIA District 24 Tournament
1962–64 Ken Sidwell 14–23 (.378)
1964–66 Wayne Dobbs 35–19 (.648) 4–4
1966–67 Jack Young 9–16 (.360) 3–5
1967–72 Dewey Jones 69–76 (.476) 17–25
1972–74 Ken Sidwell 22–30 (.423) 5–12
1974–78 Dick Campbell 48–68 (.414) 14–28
1978–86 Don Purdy 116–138 (.457) 54–62 1982 & '83 NAIA District 24 Tournaments
First 8 Coaches: 429–483 (.478) 97–136
Belmont Rebels/Bruins[6] (Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference)(NAIA) (1986–1996)
1986–87 Rick Byrd 15–15 7–9
1987–88 Rick Byrd 22–9 15–1 NAIA District 24 Playoff
1988–89 Rick Byrd 25–10 12–4 NAIA National Championships 1st Round
1989–90 Rick Byrd 27–7 14–2 NAIA District 24 Playoffs
1990–91 Rick Byrd 23–9 11–5 NAIA District 24 Playoffs
1991–92 Rick Byrd 22–10 12–4 NAIA District 24 Playoffs
1992–93 Rick Byrd 30–6 12–4 NAIA Sweet Sixteen
1993–94 Rick Byrd 30–7 14–2 1st NAIA Quarterfinals
1994–95 Rick Byrd 37–2 18–0 1st NAIA Semifinals
1995–96 Rick Byrd 29–11 13–5 NAIA Semifinals
Belmont Bruins[6] (NCAA Independent) (1996–2001)
1996–97 Rick Byrd 15–11
1997–98 Rick Byrd 9–18
1998–99 Rick Byrd 14–13
1999–2000 Rick Byrd 7–21
2000–01 Rick Byrd 13–15
Belmont Bruins[7] (Atlantic Sun Conference) (2001–2012)
2001–02 Rick Byrd 11–17 8–12 T–7th
2002–03 Rick Byrd 17–12 12–4 1st (North)
2003–04 Rick Byrd 21–9 15–5 3rd NIT Opening Round
2004–05 Rick Byrd 14–16 12–8 3rd
2005–06 Rick Byrd 20–11 15–5 T–1st NCAA Round of 64
2006–07 Rick Byrd 23–10 14–4 2nd NCAA Round of 64
2007–08 Rick Byrd 25–9 14–2 1st NCAA Round of 64
2008–09 Rick Byrd 20–13 14–6 T–2nd CIT Quarterfinals
2009–10 Rick Byrd 19–12 14–6 T–1st
2010–11 Rick Byrd 30–5 19–1 1st NCAA Round of 64
2011–12 Rick Byrd 27–8 16–2 1st NCAA Round of 64
Belmont Bruins[8] (Ohio Valley Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 Rick Byrd 26–7 14–2 1st (East) NCAA Round of 64
2013–14 Rick Byrd 26–10 14–2 1st (East) NIT Quarterfinals
2014–15 Rick Byrd 22–11 11–5 T–1st (East) NCAA Round of 64
2015–16 Rick Byrd 20–12 12–4 1st (East) NIT First Round
2016–17 Rick Byrd 23–7 15–1 1st (East) NIT Second Round
2017–18 Rick Byrd 24–9 15–3 2nd
2018–19 Rick Byrd 27–6 16–2 1st NCAA Round of 64
Rick Byrd: 730–348 (.677) 378–110 (.790)
Casey Alexander (Ohio Valley Conference) (2019–present)
2019–20 Casey Alexander 26–7 15–3 T-1st Postseason not held
Casey Alexander: 26–7 15–3
Total: 1185–838 (.586)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Postseason resultsEdit

They have appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–8. They qualified for the 2020 NCAA Tournament before it was cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) four times with a combined record of 3–4. They have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) once with a record of 1–1. Prior to joining NCAA Division I, they participated in five NAIA Division I Tournaments. Their combined record is 9–5.

NCAA Tournament ResultsEdit

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
2006 #15 First Round UCLA L 44–78
2007 #15 First Round Georgetown L 55–80
2008 #15 First Round Duke L 70–71
2011 #13 First Round Wisconsin L 58–72
2012 #14 First Round Georgetown L 59–74
2013 #11 First Round Arizona L 64–81
2015 #15 First Round Virginia L 67–79
2019 #11 First Four
First Round
Temple
Maryland
W 81–70
L 77–79

In the 2008 tournament, the #15 seeded Bruins, playing in the West Region, played an exciting, hard-fought first-round game with a perennial powerhouse, the #2 seeded Duke Blue Devils. The Bruins came up one point short of the upset, losing the game 70–71 after Justin Hare's desperation three point attempt barely went wide left of the net. The Bruins rallied from 9 point and 7 point deficits in the second half to take a 70–69 lead late in the game, before Duke scored what proved to be the game's final basket with under a minute left to play.

In 2011 Belmont University won the Atlantic Sun Regular Season Championship and the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. The Bruins finished 30–4 overall (marking their first 30 win season in the NCAA era) and 19–1 in conference play. By doing this they received their highest seed in their history, a #13. They faced the perennial powerhouse the #4 seed Wisconsin Badgers in the second round of the Southeast Region, where they lost 58–72.