Minutes after Belmont won the Atlantic Sun Tournament last Saturday, clinching its first ever NCAA Tournament berth, Coach Rick Byrd said the magnitude of the victory hadn’t sunk in yet. Now Byrd has had almost a week to reflect on his Bruins’ history-making win. He’s spent that time doing interviews with various national media outlets, paying close attention to other mid-major conference tournaments and accepting congratulations from all across the country. “I’m grateful for what this win does, in terms of giving attention to Belmont,” Byrd said. “I’ve received so many calls from all over. That’s been the part I had no idea would happen, how many people would call to say, ‘Good job.’”
Now Byrd and his players, who returned from spring break Thursday, turn their attention to the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, which airs Sunday at 5 p.m. on CBS (WTVF-Ch. 5). Belmont will host a viewing party from 4-7 p.m. at the Beaman Student Life Center inside the Curb Event Center. – From today’s Nashville City Paper.
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