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OVC school Belmont receives National Top 25 Poll Votes

[1]Nashville, TN – Belmont University men’s basketball is among those receiving votes in both national college basketball polls, released Monday.

Following victories over Indiana State and North Carolina this past week, the Bruins received 18 Top 25 votes in the Associated Press poll and five Top 25 votes in the USA Today Coaches’ poll.

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OVC school Belmont receives National Top 25 Poll Votes(Mateen Sabiq Clarksville Sports Network)

Belmont is sixth among others receiving votes in the AP poll.

This marks the fourth consecutive season that Belmont has received national poll votes.

Belmont received a program-record 21 AP Top 25 votes on Nov. 14, 2011.

Moreover, in the CollegeInsider.com Mid Major Top 25, Belmont went from receiving 51 poll votes last week to 585 this week, rising to No. 5. The Bruins’ highest-ever ranking in the poll was No. 2 on Mar. 7, 2011 and Feb. 4, 2013.

Belmont joins Kansas and Memphis as the only three programs in the nation to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament six of the last eight years. Moreover, only Belmont, Gonzaga, Marquette and Xavier among non-football playing universities have reached the NCAA Tournament six of the last eight years.

After playing the No. 2 strength of schedule in the nation last year en route to a 26-7 record and No. 24 final RPI, the Bruins will play 14 regular season games against postseason teams from a year ago.

Belmont (3-1) returns to action Wednesday, Nov. 20 against Lipscomb. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT from the Curb Event Center. The live play-by-play of Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram can be heard on the Bruin Sports Network, with live video streaming available via the OVC Digital Network. In-game updates will be provided via Twitter @BelmontMBB.