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Belmont Draws Virginia in NCAA Tournament

Belmont Sports Information

Belmont BruinsNashville, TN – Belmont University men’s basketball will face national power Virginia (29-3) of the ACC Conference in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

Belmont received a No. 15 seed and will face the second-seeded Cavaliers Friday from Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

Tip time, television and broadcast crew will be announced shortly.

Belmont (22-10) – making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years – will represent the Ohio Valley Conference for the second time in three years.

Belmont Bruins Basketball head to NCAA Tournament to face Virginia in Charlotte, NC. (BU Sports Information) [1]

Belmont Bruins Basketball head to NCAA Tournament to face Virginia in Charlotte, NC. (BU Sports Information)

Belmont joins Gonzaga of the West Coast Conference as only the two NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs to earn seven NCAA Tournament automatic bids in the last 10 years.

The Bruins defeated then 25th-ranked Murray State, 88-87, March 7 to win the OVC Championship. Sophomore Taylor Barnette [2] (Lexington, KY) sank a dramatic, fadeaway three-pointer with 3.2 seconds remaining to lift Belmont to victory.

In fact, just two years earlier, Kerron Johnson (’13) sank a 15-foot jumpshot in overtime to carry Belmont to a 70-68 victory over Murray State and propel the Bruins to the ‘Big Dance.’

Belmont features All-OVC First Team and Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America selection Craig Bradshaw [3] (Ridgetop, TN) and All-OVC Second Team and NCAA Field Goal Percentage leader Evan Bradds [4] (Jamestown, Ohio).

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