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Opening Week

Opening Week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball officially opened fall practice this week.

The Bruins, who jumpstarted their season with a tour of Portugal last month, return 10 letterwinners to a team that went 27-6 and earned an NCAA Tournament victory and at-large bid a year ago.

First-year head coach Casey Alexander is enjoying the process of assessing, and shaping, this year's Belmont team.

"In some ways it seems as though the season never stops, but official practice is a great reminder that our season is just around the corner," Alexander said. "Every season and every team is different, so it's a thrill to start putting the 2019-2020 pieces together. This particular team hasn't accomplished anything yet, but we're excited about the possibilities in front of us."

Belmont Basketball season tickets are on sale now, and include guaranteed seating for every home game, for men's basketball and the four-time defending OVC Champion Belmont women's basketball program.

Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 13 of the last 14 seasons, including eight berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 17 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 nine 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 14 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is the only NCAA Division I program to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.