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Belmont leaving Atlantic Sun for tougher Ohio Valley Conference


(courtesy of Belmont athletics)

The Belmont University Bruins have been the team to beat in the Atlantic Sun Conference which also includes: East Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, North Florida, South Carolina Upstate and Stetson.

The Bruins have won the conference championship in five of the past seven years, but the school is leaving after this school year.

Starting next year with the 2012-13 school year, Belmont will be competing in the Ohio Valley Conference.

The benchmark school in the OVC has the been the Murray State Racers who have dominated the league recently.

The OVC and the Atlantic Sun have been one-bid leagues and the NCAA has rarely taken two from a mid-major conference.

Belmont was established in 1890, has 6,374 students and located in Nashville, Tennessee. The school has 15 varsity sports, 8 for women, 7 for men.

Their most notable alumni includes: Jimmy Bowen, record producer; Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman; country artist Brad Paisley; TV star Minnie Pearl, born Sarah Cannon; country artist Pam Tillis, Mel Tillis’ daughter; country artist Lee Ann Womack and country artist Trisha Yearwood.


Info compiled from Belmont University news & basketball team media guide

Buckeyes’ Diebler scorches Florida Gulf Coast with school record-tying nine three-point goals

Jon Diebler (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

Florida Gulf Coast from Fort Myers, Florida is a relatively new school which most basketball fans haven’t heard of. Established in 1991 by then-Governor Lawton Chiles, is a public university with 11,115 students, nicknamed the Eagles and are a Division I team.

They provided the opposition for the Ohio State Buckeyes a few days ago and they stayed in the game by employing a zone defense that caused the home team to miss 14 of its first 18 shots.

Led by the senior from Upper Sandusky, Jon Diebler, the Buckeyes began to heat up and led his team to an 83-55 rout of Florida Gulf Coast in Value City Arena.

After missing his first two shots, Diebler tied a school record by making nine three-point baskets and scored a career-high 29 points to lead the #2 Buckeyes to a 9-0 record.

The nine threes tied the record set by Jay Burson in a 1988 win over Florida in the ECAC Holiday Festival in New York. It was a Value City Arena record.

Diebler and Burson can’t seem to shake each other. The two are high-scoring guards from the state of Ohio, were high school stars, both went to Ohio State and Diebler broke Burson’s Ohio high school record for career points in 2007.

William Buford scored 17 points and became the 47th player in school history to score 1,000 points in his career, joining Diebler and David Lighty. That gives Ohio State three 1,000-point scorers on the floor at the same time.

The 9-0 start matches Ohio State’s second-best since the 1990-91 season, when they won their first 17 games. OSU started 11-0 in 2005-06 and 9-0 in 2008-2009 under Thad Matta.

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles fall to 2-6 and were led in scoring by Chase Fieler scored 12 points.

compiled from staff & Ohio State athletic news