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Rick Byrd, who retired in 2019 after leading Belmont to eight NCAA tournament appearances, will receive the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award.
- Ex-Belmont coach Byrd named Wooden legend
- Belmont latest to leave Ohio Valley, to join MVC
- Alabama, KU in Florida part of '21-22 event fields
- Tennessee State postpones start of hoops season
Belmont will join the Missouri Valley Conference in 2022, becoming the fourth program to leave the Ohio Valley Conference this year.
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The Longhorns and Ducks have realistic Final Four aspirations after loading up on transfers.
Jeff Borzello talked to anonymous coaches about Gonzaga and other programs with the most recruiting advantages outside of the top leagues.
A pair of men's college basketball blue bloods will enter 2021-22 with sky-high expectations.
The ESPN Events Invitational is led by preseason top-10 teams Alabama and Kansas, along with potential top-25 team Belmont -- one of six multiteam event fields announced Thursday.
Comings and goings in the transfer portal have shaken up the Top 25 for next season in a signifiicant way.
Gonzaga fell short after an epic run, but should have the returning talent to compete for a national championship again next season.
— Johni Broome scored a career-high 27 points on 12-of-19 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds and Morehead State cruised to a 86-71 win over top-seeded Belmont on Saturday in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship game.
— Luke Smith matched his career high with 24 points as top-seeded Belmont narrowly defeated No. 4 seed Jacksonville State 72-69 in the quarterfinals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament on Friday night.
Kansas' win over Baylor not only means the Jayhawks move up, but also lifts Michigan to the No. 2 spot, just below undefeated Gonzaga.
— Johni Broome scored 20 points with 12 rebounds, Devon Cooper sank six free throws in the last half minute of overtime and Morehead State beat Belmont 89-82 in OT Saturday.
— Wendell Green Jr. had 22 points as Eastern Kentucky topped Belmont 81-67 on Thursday night, snapping the Bruins’ 21-game win streak.
— Nick Muszynski had 19 points and Belmont claimed the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title with a 90-66 win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
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— Caleb Hollander had 18 points and eight rebounds as Belmont extended its winning streak to 20 games, narrowly beating Jacksonville State 63-59 on Thursday night.
— Grayson Murphy recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Belmont to a 73-58 win over Morehead State on Saturday, the Bruins’ 19th straight victory.
— Ben Sheppard had a career-high 25 points plus 10 rebounds as Belmont extended its win streak to 18 games, beating Eastern Kentucky 92-74 on Thursday night.
— Ben Sheppard had 14 points to lead five Belmont players in double figures as the Bruins won their 16th consecutive game, easily defeating Eastern Illinois 89-61 on Thursday night. Mitch Listau added 13 points for the Bruins. Caleb Hollander chipped...
— Grayson Murphy posted 15 points and six rebounds and Ben Sheppard made the second of two free throws with 13 seconds left as Belmont extended its win streak to 15 games, narrowly beating Murray State 72-71 on Saturday night.
— Caleb Hollander scored a career-high 24 points, canning six 3-pointers, and Belmont won its 14th consecutive game, defeating Austin Peay 81-76 on Thursday night in a tense encounter.
— Ben Sheppard and Luke Smith scored 18 points apiece and Belmont scored a program record for points defeating SIU-Edwardsville 114-62 on Saturday.
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