National Top 25 Votes

National Top 25 Votes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball was among 'other receiving votes' in the Associated Press and USA Today Sports Coaches' Top 25 polls, for the week of Dec. 17.

Belmont (8-1) received two voting points in the AP and Coaches' polls, respectively; the Bruin program has now received national Top 25 poll votes eight of the last nine years.

Belmont defeated 11-time National Champion UCLA, 74-72, Saturday for its fourth true road victory of the season and latest victory over a high-major program. In addition, the Bruins have defeated North Carolina, Marquette, Cincinnati, Alabama, Missouri, Stanford, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Butler, among others.

Belmont was one of only two NCAA Division I programs to go undefeated in the month of November while recording at least three true road victories (Furman).

The Bruins, known for high-scoring, unselfish play, currently rank seventh nationally in points per game (90.6) and third nationally in assists per game (20.9).

Belmont returns to game action Dec. 19 vs. Western Kentucky. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT from the Curb Event Center.

Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 12 of the last 13 seasons, including seven automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 16 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs eight consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 13 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 16 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.

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