KANSAS CITY, Mo. - - Belmont University men's basketball received the fifth annual Team Academic Excellence Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Wednesday.
Created by the NABC Committee on Academics, the Team Academic Excellence Award recognizes superior academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2016-17 season.
In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, an institution must count the grade point averages of all men's student-athletes competing during the 2016-17 season in NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA Division I and II.
Since inception of the NABC Team Academic Excellence Awards in 2013, Belmont is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to be honored every year, joining Eastern Washington and Rice.
Belmont has posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher 17 consecutive years.
The Bruins have also captured the OVC Team Academic Achievement Award every year since joining the conference.
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Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason 11 of the last 12 seasons, including seven automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 16 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only seven NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs seven consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, VCU, Wichita State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 15 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.