Men's Basketball to Host Ohio in Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball will host Ohio University in the 2013 Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters.

The game will take place Saturday, Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. CT from the Curb Event Center and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and the WatchESPN App.

The Bruins and Bobcats are two of the most storied mid-major college basketball programs in America.

Belmont (19-4, 10-0 OVC), which is 76-17 since the start of the 2010-11 season, has won 10 conference championships (five tournament, five regular season) since 2006 and has reached the NCAA Tournament in five of the past seven years.

The Bruins, currently No. 18 in the RPI with a No. 4 non-conference strength of schedule, have won 10 consecutive games.

Meanwhile, Ohio (15-6, 6-1 MAC) has represented the Mid-American Conference in two of the last three NCAA Tournaments.

The Bobcats defeated Georgetown in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, and last year in second and third round games played at nearby Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, defeated Michigan and South Florida before losing an overtime thriller to North Carolina in the regional semifinals.

Both teams are known for exciting, uptempo basketball. In fact, Belmont and Ohio both rank in the NCAA top 20 in field goal percentage, three-point field goals per game, assists per game, steals per game, and turnover margin.

The Bruins and Bobcats also share in common talented, experienced guards.

Belmont boasts the senior backcourt of Ian Clark (Memphis, Tenn.) and Kerron Johnson (Huntsville, Ala.), both Preseason All-OVC selections. Clark, a four-time OVC Player of the Week honoree this season, leads the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.514) and is 10th in three-point field goals per game (3.30). Johnson, the 2012 conference tournament MVP, has 64 career double figure scoring games and is on pace to become Belmont's career leader in assists and steals.

Ohio is led by senior point guard D.J. Cooper. A 2012 Cousy Award finalist and two-time All-MAC selection, Cooper is currently third in the country in assists per game (8.0).

The Belmont-Ohio game will be the 13th and final game broadcasted by the ESPN family of networks during Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters weekend.

Belmont is one of three OVC programs to receive televised games, joining Murray State and Eastern Kentucky.

For ticket information, contact the Curb Event Center Box Office at (615) 460-BALL.

For more information, log onto ESPN BracketBusters.com.