Belmont Bruins

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Belmont Bruins
Logo
University Belmont University
Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Mike Strickland
Location Nashville, TN
Varsity teams 17 (8 men's, 9 women's)
Arena Curb Event Center
Baseball stadium E.S. Rose Park
Softball stadium E.S. Rose Park
Soccer stadium E.S. Rose Park
Mascot Bruiser
Colors
     Navy       Red
Website www.belmontbruins.com

The Belmont Bruins are the varsity intercollegiate athletic programs of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. On July 1, 2012, Belmont became a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)[1] and competes in the NCAA's Division I.[2] Previously, Belmont had been a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun) since 2001.[3] The program's mascot is Bruiser, and the school colors are navy blue and red.[4][5]

The Belmont teams had been known as the Rebels until 1995, when the name was changed for reasons of political correctness.[6]

Teams[edit]

Belmont University sponsors teams in eight men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[7]

  • = The men's soccer team will begin competing in the Horizon League in the 2014 season.

Basketball[edit]

The school has a heated basketball rivalry with Lipscomb University, a similarly-sized private institution in Nashville. For much of both schools' athletic histories, Belmont and Lipscomb played one another at least twice per year on a home-and-home basis (even more frequently in some years) in both men's and women's basketball. These games are nicknamed the "Battle of the Boulevard", alluding to the road connecting the two schools.[8] In 2006, with both teams battling for their first-ever NCAA Tournament berths, Belmont defeated Lipscomb in overtime to win the Atlantic Sun championship 74–69.[9] The Belmont Bruins were seeded 15th in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, losing in the first round to the UCLA Bruins.[10] Even though the two schools are no longer in the same conference following Belmont's 2012 move to the OVC, the games are still played twice a year for both men and women.[11] (The only other non-conference basketball rivalry in Division I with two games each season is New Mexico–New Mexico State.)

In 2007, Belmont won the Atlantic Sun Conference Men's Basketball Tournament for the second year in a row, defeating East Tennessee State University in Johnson City 94–67.[12] The Bruins continued to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year, losing in the first round to the Georgetown Hoyas.[13]

In 2008, the Bruins advanced for the third straight year to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, after winning the Atlantic Sun Regular Season as well as Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship, again earning a 15 seed, this time against the #2 seeded Duke Blue Devils. Belmont had their best tournament showing ever in this game, losing by a score of 71–70 to the Blue Devils.[14]

In 2009, the Bruins posted their first postseason men's basketball victory by beating Evansville in the CollegeInsider.com Post Season Tournament (CIT).[15]

In 2011, the Belmont Bruins Men's Basketball programm posted a 19–1 record in the Atlantic Sun Conference, won the regular season conference championship, and won the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship by the largest margin (41 points) in conference history. The Bruins entered the NCAA Tournament as a 13th seed, losing to Wisconsin 72–58. The Bruins' 30–5 record for the season set a new, NCAA era record for the program.[16][17]

In 2012, the team won the Atlantic Sun Regular Season Championship for the fifth time in six years, along with the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament, thus reaching the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in seven years.[18] Belmont received the fourteenth seed in the Midwest Regional, losing to Georgetown 74-59.[19]

Baseball[edit]

Athletic facilities[7][edit]

Belmont's on-campus Curb Event Center is home for the volleyball and men's and women's basketball teams.

The group of stadiums at Nashville's E. S. Rose Park, located near the campus, is home for Belmont's baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's outdoor track and field teams.

Nashville's Percy Warner Park hosts Belmont's men's and women's cross country teams.

Belmont's men's and women's golf teams hold their home meets at The Little Course at Conner Lane in Franklin, Tennessee.

The on-campus Francis Bond Davis Tennis Complex is home to the Belmont men's and women's tennis teams.

References[edit]

  1. ^ OVCSports.com - OVC Member Institutions
  2. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association
  3. ^ "Belmont Moving to Ohio Valley Conference in 2012-13". USAToday.com. USA Today. 13 May 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Belmont University Athletics Quick Facts Information". Belmont.PrestoSports.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bruiser the Bruin". BelmontBruins.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Belmont Drops Rebels for Bruins". News.Google.com. The Times Daily. 26 September 1995. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Home of the Belmont Bruins
  8. ^ "Battle of the Boulevard". Lipscomb.edu. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Belmont Punches NCAA Dance Card with OT Thriller". AtlanticSun.org. 4 March 2006. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. 
  10. ^ "Belmont Downed by UCLA in NCAA Opener". AtlanticSun.org. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Lipscomb, Belmont to Continue Basketball Series". LuminationNetwork.com. Lipscomb Athletics. 3 May 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Belmont Upsets ETSU for A-Sun Title". AtlanticSun.org. 3 March 2007. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Belmont Ends Season with Loss to No. 2 Georgetown". AtlanticSun.org. 15 March 2007. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "(15) Belmont 70, (2) Duke 71". ESPN.com. The Associated Press. 20 March 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  15. ^ Welser, Joal (6 March 2012). "Belmont Bruins". CollegeSportsMadness.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Bruins Clinch 30-Win Season with 41-Point Title Win". AtlanticSun.org. 5 March 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "(13) Belmont 58, (4) Wisconsin 72". ESPN.com. The Associated Press. 17 March 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "Bruins Defeat Eagles; Headed Back to Big Dance". AtlanticSun.org. 3 March 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  19. ^ Medcalf, Myron (16 March 2012). "Rapid Reaction: Georgetown 74, Belmont 59". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-26. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 

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