The wait could not have been any more excruciating. The Bruins were the 68th and final team announced in the NCAA selection show, and draw the 11th seed in the West Division. They’ll face 6-seed Arizona in the first round on Thursday, out in Salt Lake City, Utah. The time for this matchup will be set in the coming days.
Arizona finished second in the Pac12, finishing the year 25-7. The Wildcats RPI is higher than the Bruins, finishing the year ranked 15th, compared to 18th for Belmont.
The teams had one common opponent, Stanford. Belmont won at Stanford in November by eight. The Cardinal won at Arizona by 7 in February.
There are some initial reasons to believe it could be a good matchup for the Bruins. The Wildcats have struggled to defend good three-pointing teams this year, a huge strength of Belmont. On the flip side, Arizona is a good rebounding team, a relative weakness for the Bruins throughout the year.
If Belmont does get past Arizona, the Bruins will get either 3-seed New Mexico or 14-seed Harvard in the third round on Saturday.
We’ll have a much more in depth preview of the Bruins matchup against Arizona over the next few days.