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Belmont leaving A-Sun

Looks like they are heading to the Ohio Valley Conference.

This has to be a huge blow to the ASun given Belmont's recent success

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University, a steady presence in the NCAA basketball tourney, is leaving the Atlantic Sun Conference and joining the Ohio Valley Conference effective in the 2012-2013 academic year, the school announced Friday.

Belmont has been in the NCAA basketball tournament four times in the last five years, losing in the first round each time. This year the Bruins finished 30-5 overall and lost to Wisconsin as a 13th seed. They nearly upset Duke in 2008, losing 71-70.

Basketball coach Rick Byrd said the move could improve Belmont's chances in future NCAA tourneys. OVC teams have won three straight first-round tourney games, which he said helps the reputation of the league.

"But you have to elevate your own program," he said.

Belmont officials said the Nashville school is joining the OVC by invitation and will save travel expenses in the process. Seven OVC schools are in Tennessee or Kentucky. The A-Sun conference has teams as far away as Florida and South Carolina

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My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Re: Belmont leaving A-Sun

It definitely makes since from a travel standpoint…but whether they can keep up the winning ways is TBD…they have to replace a 45.8% 3PT shooter in Jordan Campbell.
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