Alexander, Belmont celebrate title, look to tourney

Posted at 10:43 AM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 11:43:39-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — For the 11th time in 15 years, Belmont won its conference’s regular season championship. The Bruins clinched a share of the Ohio Valley Conference title Saturday with a 72-65 victory at Tennessee State.

It’s Belmont’s sixth regular season crown in eight years since joining the OVC, and it earns it the No. 1 seed in this week’s conference tournament in Evansville, Indiana. Co-champ Murray State is the No. 2 seed after it beat Austin Peay to clinch its share of the title.

Under the direction of first year coach Casey Alexander, Belmont started just 5-3 in league play, but finished the season by winning its final 10 games to win the crown. The Bruins will now await their opponent in Friday’s OVC semifinals after receiving a double-bye. They will play either No. 4 seed Eastern Kentucky, No. 5 Tennessee State or No. 8 Morehead State.

Alexander, a Belmont alum that was hired to replace legendary head coach Rick Byrd last spring, joined Sunday Sports Central to talk about his team’s conference turnaround and what it meant to bring another title back to his school.

You can watch the interview in the media player above.