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Men's Basketball to Play Georgetown in Second Round of 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship

Men's Basketball to Play Georgetown in Second Round of 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship

TICKET UPDATE - Mar. 13 - An extremely limited number of tickets to the Columbus Region of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Second and Third Round games remain. Parties interested in purchasing tickets to the Belmont-Georgetown game are encouraged to contact the Curb Event Center Box Office (615) 460-BALL or click on the online ticketing link here.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball will play Georgetown of the Big East Conference in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

Belmont (27-7) received a No. 14 seed from the NCAA Tournament selection committee in the Midwest Region, and will play the third-seeded Hoyas (23-8) on Friday, Mar. 16 from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Tip-off has been set for approximately 2:10 p.m. CT.

The game will be broadcast live on truTV, the Bruin Sports Network and 104.5 The Zone.

This is Belmont's fifth NCAA Tournament appearance (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012).

As fate would have it, Belmont and Georgetown played in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. The second-seeded Hoyas - featuring Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert - defeated the 15th-seeded Bruins, 80-55, at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Colisuem in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Georgetown features First Team All-Big East selection Jason Clark and Third Team All-Big East selection Henry Sims.

Belmont is 1-3 lifetime against the Big East Conference.

The Bruins have played in Columbus, Ohio in recent memory, dropping an 85-75 decision at then 25th-ranked Ohio State Dec. 14, 2005 at Value City Arena.

Belmont defeated Florida Gulf Coast, 83-69, Mar. 3 to earn the program's fifth Atlantic Sun Tournament championship in seven years. Moreover, the Bruins join Kansas and Memphis as one of just three programs in the nation to earn five NCAA Tournament automatic bids since 2006.

Belmont, who earned Associated Press Top-25 Poll votes earlier this season, has been ranked in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll every week this season. The Bruins have also been ranked among the nation's top mid-major programs by ESPN.com and CBSSports.com throughout the season. 

Fans interested in tickets to the NCAA Tournament games in Columbus - within the Belmont support section - are encouraged to contact the Curb Event Center box office (615-460-BALL). A waiting list is being compiled and tickets will be distribtued based on Belmont's allotment.

Fans may purchase Atlantic Sun Champions gear here via the official online store of Belmont Athletics, TeamFanShop.

2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Bracket

Photos from Belmont's Selection Show Party