COLUMBUS, Ohio - - Belmont University men's basketball has arrived safely in the Buckeye State in advance of Friday's game against Georgetown in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
The Bruins defeated Florida Gulf Coast, 83-69, Mar. 3 to claim their fifth Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament championship in seven years. Junior Kerron Johnson was named Atlantic Sun Tournament Most Valuable Player, while junior Ian Clark was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Belmont enters the NCAA Tournament on a 14-game winning streak - tied with Montana for the nation's longest and the program's longest winning streak since becoming an NCAA Division I member institution in 1996-97.
Belmont has represented the Atlantic Sun Conference in the NCAA Tournament five of the last seven years. Belmont is one of only three programs in the country to earn five or more automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament since 2006 (Kansas, Memphis).
Belmont and Georgetown had one common opponent in 2011-12: Memphis.
This marks the second meeting between Belmont and Georgetown. The 15th-seeded Bruins met the second-seeded Hoyas in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament from Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. Though Belmont hung tough for much of the game, behind future NBA players Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert, Georgetown earned an 80-55 victory en route to reaching the 2007 Final Four.