Belmont Bruins men's basketball

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Belmont Bruins
2017–18 Belmont Bruins men's basketball team
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University Belmont University
Head coach Rick Byrd (32nd season)
Conference Ohio Valley
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Arena Curb Event Center
(Capacity: 5,085)
Nickname Bruins
Colors Navy, 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
Away


NCAA Tournament appearances
2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
Conference tournament champions
2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
Conference regular season champions
2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
Conference division season champions
2003, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

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 Rick Byrd. The Bruins made their seventh appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2015.

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Rick Byrd – Head Coach
  • Brian Ayers – Associate Head Coach
  • James Strong – Assistant Coach
  • Mark Price – Assistant Coach
  • Tyler Holloway – Director of Basketball Operations

Awards[edit]

Record by year[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Belmont Rebels [7] (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[7] (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[7] (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[8] (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[9] (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
Rick Byrd: 696–340 (.671) 371–108 (.774)
Total: 1115–825 (.574)

      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 results[edit]

They have appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 0–7. 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 Results[edit]

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2006 Round of 64 UCLA L 44–78
2007 Round of 64 Georgetown L 55–80
2008 Round of 64 Duke L 70–71
2011 Round of 64 Wisconsin L 58–72
2012 Round of 64 Georgetown L 59–74
2013 Round of 64 Arizona L 64–81
2015 Round of 64 Virginia L 67–79
NCAA Tournament Seeding History
Years → '06 '07 '08 '11 '12 '13 '15
Seeds→ 15 15 15 13 14 11 15

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 #4 seed Wisconsin Badgers in the second round of the Southeast Region, where they lost 58–72.

Bruins in professional leagues[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

Current roster[edit]

2017–18 Belmont Bruins men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Michael Mayernick (W) 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Fr Christ Presbyterian Academy Nashville, Tennessee
G 1 Austin Luke 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Sr Rowlett High School Rowlett, Texas
G 2 Grayson Murphy 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Independence High School Thompson's Station, Tennessee
F 3 Dylan Windler 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Perry Meridian High School Indianapolis, Indiana
F 10 Caleb Hollander 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Nashville Christian School Nashville, Tennessee
G 11 Kevin McClain 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Hamilton County High School Jennings, Florida
G 14 Nick Hopkins 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 160 lb (73 kg) RS Fr Fayetteville High School Fayetteville, Tennessee
G 20 Tate Pierson (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Brentwood Academy Brentwood, Tennessee
G 21 Burton Sampson (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Sr The Webb School Knoxville, Tennessee
G 24 Michael Benkert 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS So Center Grove High School Greenwood, Indiana
F 25 Mack Mercer 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS Jr Plymouth High School Plymouth, Indiana
F 32 Amanze Egekeze 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Huntley High School Lake in the Hills, Illinois
C 33 Nick Muszynski 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr St. Charles Prep Pickerington, Ohio
C 41 Tyler Hadden 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Sr St. Xavier High School Cincinnati, Ohio
C 50 Seth Adelsperger 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Peru High School Peru, Indiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Record book[edit]

Retired jerseys[edit]

Belmont Bruins Retired Jerseys [2]
No. Player Pos. Career
15 Robert Barnes C 1953–56
54 Joe Behling SG 1986–90

Individual career records[edit]

References[edit]