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Belmont reacts to facing the Arizona Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament

Above is a video produced by The Tennessean, our Gannett partner in Nashville, home of the Belmont Bruins, who take on the Arizona Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

As you can see in the video, that was one excited team when it saw its place in the bracket as an 11th seed opposite Arizona in the West region.

There are some brief interviews near the end of the video, including one with point guard Kerron Johnson, whose jumper with 1.2 seconds gave the Bruins a 70-68 overtime victory in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game, securing an automatic bid to the NCAAs.

“Arizona is a great team, but I feel that we match up well with them,” he said. “So, we’ll see. We’ll see.

“At the same time, none of those teams from the bigger conferences want to be that upset, so if we go in there expecting nothing less than their best, we’re going to leave out of there sad. We’ve got to come in and expect to play hard, expect a close game and let the chips fall where they may.”

For more from the Belmont side of things this week, check out The Tennessean sports page.

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