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Men’s, Women’s Basketball Prepare for Post-Season Play

NIT Tournament Game May Be Played on Belmont’s Campus

MBB-OVCvsEKU-011Despite tough losses in OVC Championship games, both of the Belmont basketball teams earned postseason automatic bids.

The men’s basketball team dropped a 79-73 decision to Eastern Kentucky in the 2014 OVC Championship game Saturday night. The Bruins, fresh off a historic fifth consecutive regular season conference championship, has positioned itself to host a first round game in the upcoming Postseason NIT. This opportunity may afford Bruin fans the rare opportunity of witnessing postseason play in the Curb Event Center.

NIT first round games will take place either Tues., March 18 or Wed., March 19, with times to be determined this weekend. The NIT Selection Show will air Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU and the WatchESPN app. Should Belmont be selected to host its first round game, tickets will go on sale online at www.belmontbruins.com on Sunday night at 8 p.m. CT. The Curb Event Center box office will open for ticket sales during the hours of 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17. Click here for more information on the NIT Tournament.

WBB-OVC-vsUTMartin-002Meanwhile, the women’s team awaits seeding late Monday night for the 2014 Postseason WNIT, marking the Bruins first postseason berth since 2007. The Bruins, in their first year under head coach Cameron Newbauer, returned to the OVC Tournament for a second consecutive season.  After earning a double-bye with a No. 2 seed, BU defeated No. 6 Jacksonville State, 65-50, to advance to the OVC conference finals for the first time. Belmont was held off by eventual champion UT Martin, who held the No. 1 seed.

The 64-team WNIT tournament will open with first-round games Wednesday through Friday, March 19-21.  The announcement of the 64-field WNIT will occur late Monday night on the WNIT’s website, womensnit.com. Click here for more information on the WNIT tournament.