Bracket Projection: Belmont

Bruins' offense could fuel an upset, but lack of size will be tough to overcome

Updated: March 21, 2013, 11:17 AM ET
By Matthew Catagnus | Special to ESPN Insider
Ian Clark AP Photo/Wade PayneIan Clark, Belmont's leading scorer this season, is one of the nation's best shooters.

The Belmont Bruins have become a Big Dance fixture of late but have never won an NCAA tourney tilt -- registering only one near-upset (a 71-70 loss to Duke in 2008). Their other NCAA tourney losses have all come by double digits, including a 15-point loss to Georgetown last March. Many believe this season's high-octane squad -- led by senior guards Ian Clark and Kerron Johnson -- has the ingredients to be an office-pool menace. Will it happen or will this Nashville-based school continue to sing the one-and-done blues?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.

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Lunardi's Logic

Love the second-round possibilities for Belmont, which has done everything in this extended run of success except win in the NCAA tournament. So why not now? And why not against an Arizona team that seems a bit disjointed? The real question, if the Bruins pull the upset, is if Rick Byrd sticks around to dominate the Ohio Valley Conference the way he did the Atlantic Sun.

TOURNEY PROFILE

Best wins: At Stanford, Middle Tennessee, Ohio, Murray State in OVC title game

Worst losses: Northeastern, at Tennessee State