Bruins dominate OVC awards

Belmont men's basketball picked to win OVC East (Image 1)

After leading Belmont to its 7th conference title in 8 years, Belmont's Rick Byrd was named the Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year Tuesday.

Byrd has his Bruins 23-8 this season, 14-2 in the OVC.  He ranks 8th among active coaches with 686 career victories.

Bruins senior guard JJ Mann is the league's Player of the Year. Mann is averaging 18 points a game this season and is only 31 points shy of the school's single season scoring record set by Ian Clark just a year ago.

Sophomore Craig Bradshaw was named second team all-conference. 

The Bruins earned a double-bye in the OVC Tournament and play in the semi-finals Friday at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.


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