One more time before the first round tips off, we have assembled the collective hive mind of The Athletic College Basketball â 19 staff members in total â to get their thoughts on what we can expect from the NCAA Tournament. Over the weekend, the Jayhawks (18-5) suffered a surprising home loss to Big 12 eighth-place foe Oklahoma State, while the Blue Devils (19-4) inexplicably fell at 11-13 St. Johnâs. Bracket Watch: A handful of greetings and goodbyes as we begin Championship Week. Bracket Watch: It's all business up top, and a post-apocalyptic wasteland at the bottom. Hoop Thoughts: The Jigsaw Man returns, the Pac-12 plummets, my weekly top 25 and lots more. Belmont Bruins (4-1 SU, 3-1 ATS) vs Lipscomb Bison (2-4 SU, 1-5 ATS). Welcome to The Athletic. With conference play getting started in most leagues this week, I asked my computer to break down the races for each conferenceâs regular-season title. Fresh off its upset of North Carolina, Kentucky faces a road challenge against a bitter rival. Still, have a look at this: Get access to smart, in-depth Bruins sports coverage from an all-star team of writers. Belmont is the Ohio Valley standard bearer. Mid-major Power Rankings: Nevada comes full circle, reclaims top spot. 1 overall seed. Marquette beat Villanova. 1 seeds. This Week in Mid-Major: Yanni Wetzellâs unusual journey to San Diego State, a new top 10 and more. Wisconsin dropped two games. Exclusive: ESPN abandons plan for college basketball bubble events in Orlando. Bennett: Picks against the spread for Louisville-Kentucky, Wisconsin-Tennessee and other top games. You may have heard. This season, heâs speeding things up. NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former Belmont Baseball player Drew Ferguson was selected by the New York Mets in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. Tyler Scanlon added 15 points for the Bruins. Keep this list of up-and-comers handy when gigs open up around the country. Bracket Watch: A humble request for the selection committee. Bracket Watch: Settling on the other two No. 1 Saint Maryâs (22-2, 11-0): It seems Purdue and Saint Mary’s are locked in a first-one-to-flinch contest for the nation’s longest winning streak, currently at 18 and 17, respectively. First off, thank you for your service. A year ago, Ken Pomeroy correctly predicted who would win 21 of the 32 conference regular-season titles. Rexrode: The Pat Summitt/John Beilein impact on Belmont/Lipscomb, plus this weekâs Elite Hoops State Eight. Duke won at Virginia and completed a miracle comeback at Louisville. We have identified the most impactful athletes/sports personalities who have called Music City home. College athletic directors are facing a unique set of challenges. Plus, Tennessee could have acquired a quality road win on Wednesday, but it fell against Cincinnati. Full Belmont Bruins roster for the 2020-21 season including position, height, weight, birthdate, years of experience, and college. The Knoxville, Tenn. competed for the Bruins from 2012-15, holding top 10 spots in three offensive categories in the program's all-time career record book. Um, thanks for clearing things up, I guess? Only one program, with a couple of surprising home losses, earned the coveted Buy Plus rating. Bracket Watch: We have a new No. Can they steal one from the Vols at Memorial Gym on Saturday? Davis: Against the spread picks for Virginia-UMass, Ole Miss-Memphis and the rest of the dayâs top games. âI would hate to have to coach that teamâ: Retired coaching legend Rick Byrd on name, image, likeness. Pick your poison.Â (Last week: 2) Ferguson was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 19th round and 559th overall in the MLB Draft in the same year. A couple of American Athletic Conference matchups highlight the Thursday night action. Nevada (26-5, 15-2): It’s fitting, really. 1 seed, but will another be available soon? Northern Iowa, Saint Louis and Richmond look like the strongest teams outside of the power conferences. Bracket Watch: Will some peculiar NET ratings cause seed madness? You can buy Belmont Bruins standard, VIP or playoff tickets at discounted price. About 24 hours later, Michigan State continued its inexplicable inability to beat Indiana, while Houston lost at home to UCF. Bubble Watch: Help us, bid thieves, you're our only hope. First, itâs a display of athleticism you donât get in many other sports. Starting out as a walk-on at Belmont, Ferguson helped the Bruins to its second NCAA Regional appearance in program history in 2012 while finishing his college career with a .338 batting average. Player of the year? Matthews is back folks. This week: The game of the year in... Mid-major Notebook: Watch out for Western Kentucky. But don’t let that distract from a near-upset against 11-17 La Salle, in which they got abused on the boards 48-30.Â (Last week: 1) Name Pos. But which of the 16 are really pushing the pace? The NCAA moved to the NET ratings system before last season, and for the most part, it worked swimmingly in Year 1. We made it. Every player on the roster seemingly can create shots for teammates.Â (Last week: 1) After being named to the All-OVC and American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Region second teams as a junior, Ferguson had one of the best offensive seasons in program history in 2015. Even the earliest of conference tournaments are at least a week away; there are regular-season games to attend to and seeds to sort out before. We asked the basketball world, âWhere are you going when this is all over?â. The depleted Commodores are desperate for an SEC win. Casey Alexander didn't even have to move when he accepted the job with the Bruins. Belmont Bruins Schedule 2020-21 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 … Men's Soccer. Mid-major power rankings: Saint Mary's pulls a stunner as top teams flex muscles. One of the all-time winningest coaches begs to differ. Our way-too-early 2018-19 mid-major Top 25. Just... Mid-major power rankings: Conference play taking toll as critical battles loom. Coming off a strong junior season, Jalen Crutcher now moves into a starring role at Dayton. Brian Bennett makes his latest prediction for the NCAA Tournament. Who is the next Dayton or San Diego State? Rexrode: Give the Belmont Bruins âLiberty,â and give them cut nets. 1. âMichigan deserves a No. Almost a decade after the first 68-team bracket, the allegations leveled at the first expanded field have hardened into a late-winter rite of passage. We are defining mid-major as all schools excluding the Power 5 conferences as well as those in the AAC and Big East, as well as Gonzaga. Traditionally, Feb. 22 is too early to start scanning the horizon for bid thieves. Bracket Watch: The teams that helped and hurt themselves on Wednesday. Ferguson was also one of three former Belmont Baseball players to be invited to a Major League Baseball 60-man Summer Camp roster in 2020 when he was picked up by the Astros. Reactions to last weekâs Bracket Watch debut were dominated by two discussion threads: The road to the Ohio Valley regular-season title will wind its way through Nashville as long as Rick Byrd is the coach at Belmont. 1 Saint Maryâs (24-2, 13-0): The Gaels finally got a challenge in the WCC from San Diego, but then 6-11 senior center Jock Landale posted his seventh 30-point game of the season with 34 points and 18 rebounds and the winning streak rolled on. 1 seed. Get the latest Belmont Bruins news, scores, stats, standings, rumors, and more from ESPN. Baylor and surprising Butler and San Diego State are all in great shape at the midpoint of the 2019-20 season. Head Coach: Casey Alexander (Belmont, 1995) Associate Head Coach: Brian Ayers (Lipscomb, 1993) Assistant Coach: Sean Rutigliano (Cortland State, 2007) Assistant Coach: Tyler Holloway (Murray State, 2009) Director of Basketball Operations: Mick Hedgepeth (Belmont, 2012) Athletic Trainer: Kim Anderson Sports Performance: Matt Frederick His play earned him national recognition in 2015, being named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-American team and the ABCA All-South Region First Team. In the spirit of the holiday season, here's a roster addition for each of 10 teams that could address a glaring problem. Belmont Student-Athletes Participating in a Virtual Mission Trip through the Show Hope Organization October 21, 2020 Men's Soccer Spring Conference Schedule Unveiled Matthews injury scare. Matthews is that his injury during Tuesday’s win over Richmond was just a bruise to his knee and that he won’t need an MRI and is considered day-to-day. Casey Alexander’s team … This Week in Mid-Major: Predicting conference tourneys, and our All-America team. Q&A: Rick Byrd on his former players, college hoops and more as Belmont prepares to put his name on its court. Nick Muszynski had 19 points to lead six Belmont players in double figures as the Bruins got past Tennessee Tech 92-84 on Thursday night. In last weekâs Bracket Watch, we looked at the teams that could possibly still snag a No. Junior Cameron Fish is the Latest Profile in Our Five Questions Series Visit ESPN to view the Belmont Bruins team roster for the current season 2019 NBA Draft Prospects: From golfer to basketball star, the interesting story of Belmont's Dylan Windler. But if you want to get mid-major coaches stirred up? 1 Rhode Island (22-4, 14-1): Another week, another E.C. Bracket Watch: Letâs play the blind rÃ©sumÃ© game. The eight best games involving state teams and the big one is Dec. 14 â Memphis at Tennessee. The next time you hear a TV analyst suggest that the mid-range game in college basketball needs to be utilized more, donât believe it. Presenting the annual Hoop Thoughts Stock Report. Head Coach: Rick Byrd (Tennessee, 1976) Associate Head Coach: Brian Ayers (Lipscomb, 1993) Assistant Coach: James Strong (Vanderbilt, 2000) Assistant Coach: Tyler Holloway (Murray State, 2009) Director of Basketball Operations: Dan Ryan (Illinois State, 2017) Director of Basketball Administration: Debbie Chenoweth Athletic Trainer: Kim Anderson B/T Ht. Brian Bennett releases his latest NCAA Tournament bracket projection with two weeks to go until Selection Sunday. Saturday Specials: My ATS picks for Kentucky-Louisville, St. John's-Seton Hall, UNC-Davidson and the rest of the day's top games. News; Schedule (PDF) Statistics (PDF) And ranking the impact newcomers â it starts with Wiseman. This week:Â Rhode Island is at home twice this week and should clinch the A10... Mid-major Notebook: Harvard taking its best shot at the Ivy League crown. The Fieldhouse Bracket Watch: Villanova, Virginia battle for No. Every Friday, The Fieldhouse will post our mid-major power rankings. Most disappointing? From breaking news to in-depth analysis, get expert coverage from the best newsroom in sports, all personally delivered and ad-free. Bubble Watch: Why Iowa is a lock, and why we're not nervous about it at all. KenPom: The most likely contenders in all 32 conference races. Iâve listed... Mid-major power rankings: Mountain West dominates the Top 10. Head Coach: Bart Brooks (Wyoming, 2004) Assistant Coach: Jamey Givens (Florida State, 2008) Assistant Coach: Amy Malo (Vanderbilt, 2009) Assistant Coach: Christine Clark (Harvard, 2014) Graduate Assistant: Kaylah Keys (High Point, 2017) Athletic Trainer: Travis Zaborowski (Central Michigan, 2020) Sports Performance: Matt Frederick (Samford, 2013) Last season only furthered that belief, asÂ freshmen 6-foot guard Bryce Aiken... Mid-major Power Rankings: Will Rhode Island have E.C. Conference rankings, who will take over the sport, and more: Eamonn Brennanâs college hoops mailbag, Part II. All rights reserved. What will Princeton offense expert Lennie Acuff do at this level with Lipscomb? Bennett: Picks against the spread for Cincinnati-Wichita State, USC-Arizona and other top games. When Belmont began recruiting Dylan Windler as a junior at Perry Meridian High School, it didn’t have a lot of competition. The Athletic College Basketball poll: 12 vs. 5 upsets, best first-round games, UVA's future and more. Using his ratings sytem, Ken Pomeroy breaks down each conference race and identifies the favorites and possible contenders. The Athletic 2018-19 College Basketball poll: National champ? Mid-major is a blanket description for most of college basketball, but it doesn't always actually fit. List View; Headshot View; 2021 Baseball Roster. Our early mid-major top 10. The 2020–21 Belmont Bruins men's basketball team represents Belmont University in the 2020–21 NCAA Division I men's basketball season.The Bruins, led by second-year head coach Casey Alexander, play their home games at the Curb Event Center in Nashville, Tennessee as members of … Automatic NCAA Tournament bids in a dozen conferences will be handed out by Sunday. "The 2020 signing class makes us better in every area of the game: goal scoring, playmaking and relentless defending. When Harvard (14-11, 9-1) lured a trio of four-star recruits in the 2016 class, the college basketball world took notice. Close. You, the readers, may know me primarily as âthe football guy,â but for the past three seasons I doubled as bracketologist for my former employer. Still, there are some teams that we'd love to know how they fit in said bracket. Adam Kunkel chipped … Rexrode: The Volsâ roster grows while Vandyâs shrinks, but we may get a good rivalry game out of these two anyway. Texas junior post player Charli Collier had 44 points in a 106-69 victory over North Texas on Sunday, the highest single-game total for a Longhorns player since 1994. A few minor things have happened since the selection committee released its midseason top 16 seeds last Saturday. Belmont The Bruins are about... Â©2020 The Athletic Media Company. They have five players on the court who are all capable of scoring and creating for teammates at all times, which puts a tremendous amount of pressure on opposing defenses. Welcome to The Fieldhouseâs first-ever Bracket Watch! 1 seed, but Michigan State is a heck of a No. Bubble Watch: February is here, and the bubble is about to get real, Teams don't have much time left to get positioned, Buy, Sell or Hold? 1 Nevada (12-3):Â With the Wolf Pack’s incredible versatility, they’re able to switch every screen on defense and make opponents pay for every mistake, averaging more than 14 points off of turnovers per game and ranking in the top 10 in the country in 3-point field-goal percentage... KenPom: Picking the favorite in all 32 conference races. Tennessee and UConn â the top two programs in the history of the sport âmet for the first time in 13 years on Thursday night. One of the best mid-major NBA prospects in college basketball almost didn't even end up playing basketball in college. No. Byrd, whoâs entering his 32nd season, is showing no signs of slowing down. Elite Hoops State Eight eyes Lady Volsâ shot to take down No. Since joining the OVC in 2012-13 the Bruins have won or shared seven of the last eight regular-season titles. With his close-cropped hair and trademark sweater vests, Belmontâs 64-year-old Rick Byrd could have... Mid-major Power Rankings: Who can derail the Saint Mary's express? In this edition, we get a read from coaches on upperclassmen who have a chance to be sleepers in this draft. When Western Kentucky head coach Rick Stansbury was setting up the Hilltoppers schedule for the season, he had reason to make it challenging. Ferguson has represented Belmont in professional baseball since 2015, having a career batting average of .293 and has compiled 492 hits with 234 RBIs. 1 seed. 1. Or, more accurately, people always say the bubble is soft. Elite Hoops State Eight: Tennessee and Vanderbilt are after NCAA bids, while Memphis and others chase league titles. Elite Hoops State Eight: East Tennessee State earns LSUâs respect, deserves love. He set single season program records in runs scored (72), hits (92) and doubles (26). This bracket will be updated every day until Selection Sunday. 1. Belmont Bruins Stats 2020-21 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03 hidden Team … Here’s a peek behind the curtain: On the morning of Feb. 12, The Athletic’s college basketball executive editor, Hugh Kellenberger, had just finished editing the latest edition of the Watch. Who are you calling a mid-major? College basketballâs top 20 mid-major players for 2020-21. Cl. Mention scheduling. Brian Bennett gives his latest NCAA Tournament bracket, including a new No. No one then could have imagined that he’d become an all-conference-caliber player averaging better than 16 points per game for a 20-7 team charging toward an... Mid-major Power Rankings: Saint Mary's rolling into rematch against Gonzaga. The broken term defines too much of college basketball. The bubble is always soft. Bubble Watch: All hail Xavier, which is at least making things interesting, As we come down the home stretch, some teams that have been here for a while could get forced out by the surging Musketeers of the world. Get the Bruins sports stories that matter. Seth Davis makes his picks for Saturday's top college basketball games. This Week in Mid-Major: For Murray State, life after Ja Morant is going just fine. Nevada (8-1): Despite losing their first game of the season against Texas Tech on... Mid-major power rankings: Who's the best of the nation's Cinderellas? State of the Hoops Program: A new era begins at Belmont with a familiar face. The Fieldhouse Bracket Watch: Did upsets shake Kansas and Duke from their spots? Wt. We're using KenPom.com probabilities, our staff's opinions and the minds of two writers to play out the 2020 NCAA Tournament. The Athletic presents The Nashville Sports Hall of Fame. Belmont didn't get an opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament, but the Bruins â unlike most teams â ended the season with a win. By beating Gonzaga, Saint Maryâs becomes our first high-profile bid thief, knocking another team off the bubble. If the Ratings Percentage Index were a human being â and OK, yes, this is a really weird way to start a sentence, but just go with us here â it would totally be a former university professor: renowned, aging, stubborn and only recently retired. KenPom: Predicting the champion in all 32 college basketball conferences. 1 and other December opportunities. 1 Rhode Island (10-3, 2-0): E.C. 1 Rhode Island (12-3, 4-0):Â Tuesday’s win over Saint Louis wasn’t pretty, but one stat illustrates makes Rhode Island special: 19 assists on 25 made field goals. Bubble Watch: The eternal joys (and useful lessons) of a tiny fake bracket. â¢ This week: A chance to get back on track with home games... Mid-major power rankings: Boise State is flying up the charts. Which is a relief, because with Matthews in the lineup, the Rams... Mid-major Notebook: Belmont junior Dylan Windler's course correction to hoops works out perfectly. 1 seed? Itâs conference tournament time. The Knoxville, Tenn. competed for the Bruins from 2012-15, holding top 10 spots in three offensive categories in the program's all-time career record book. Belmont's Justin Hare ('06) scored a career-high 32 points en route to Tournament Most Valuable Player honors. East: Duke is the overall No. Brian Bennett answers readers' questions on everything in mid-major hoops, including Rick Pitino at Iona and Saint Mary's prospects for '21. Quite the contrary. Anyway, I wanted to offer a heartfelt plea as you go into your bracketing deliberations. Byrd is enjoying retirement but still keeps a close eye on his former team. Before they play Cinderella in March, smaller programs don’t seem to get a lot of attention outside of their local markets. More and more 7-footers seem more interested in hoisting 3-pointers than banging inside. The Wolf Pack owned... KenPom: Dunk kings and the programs that defend the shot the best. Congratulations, everybody. My First Year: Casey Alexander explains whatâs next for Belmont. Brooks and Belmont notched a 22-9 (16-2 OVC) record en route to their fourth-straight regular season OVC Championship last year. Bruins in the Major League Baseball Draft Year Player Round Team 1974: Dwight Bernard: 2 Mets: 1975: Michael Perkins: 2 Cubs: 1976: Larry Corr: 20 Tigers: 1976: Thomas Wright: 18 Athletics: 1979: Wilson Tucker: 32 Tigers: 1983: David Cram: 22 Phillies: 1989: Joe Seals: 39 Dodgers: 1991: Trace Ragland: 53 Pirates: 1993: Mike Lane: 24 Orioles: 2001: Jason Anderegg: 19 Padres: 2005: Blake Owen: 6 Orioles: … He’s ridiculous. 1. LIP Saturday, December 12 at Allen Arena in Nashville Tennessee. Bracket Watch: Is it Kentucky or Gonzaga for final No. This Week in Mid-Major: Bids, anyone? Women's basketball opens OVC play at home against the Lady Tigers Thursday âNobody wants to think about no footballâ: Nashville ADs eye a hazy future. Wetzell was a very competitive juniors tennis player before taking up basketball and going from a D2 to the SEC to undefeated SDSU. Get the latest official stats for the Belmont Bruins. A full breakdown of the East Region of the NCAA Tournament. The percentages below are each teamâs chance of winning at least a share of its conference title based on my current ratings. In 2019-20, Belmont posted an undefeated (13-0) home record for the first time since the 2015-16 season. The interesting story of Belmont's Dylan Windler and a breakdown of his game. Mid-Major mailbag: Sleeper conferences, the rise of Mark Pope and more. The Bruins and Bisons met once in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament, with Belmont claiming a 74-69 overtime victory in the 2006 Atlantic Sun Championship game in Johnson City, Tennessee. From the college to the NBA, from Brad Stevens to Mike Krzyzewski to Cody Zeller and everyone in between, let us know what they miss most. The Belmont Bruins are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Belmont University located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States.The Bruins athletic program is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and competes at the NCAA Division I level. Kentucky lost at home to LSU. And second, itâs quite... Mid-major Power Rankings: St. Bonaventure returns to elite -- and top-5 -- form. Some two dozen men's teams, which were slated to play in up to 10 events, will now scramble to fill out their schedules. We go around the college hoops world to answer your questions before another season gets going. View the full team roster and stat leaders for the 2020-21 NCAAB season on CBS Sports. The Bruins would have made the NCAA Tournament, but Rick Byrd's successor believes Belmont can aspire to another level. Rexrode: It was âwin AND go homeâ for Belmont, but the Bruins wonât complain. 2. Schedule; Roster; Recruits; Camps; More+. Here are eight opening-day questions for this, the first of what will be a weekly feature during the college basketball regular season. The 6-5 senior guard is averaging 20.7 points per game over the past three games and might just be the best offensive weapon on a team chock-full of them. 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