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Belmont earns first AP Top 25 ranking in school history

There's a buzz at Belmont — the Bruins are in the AP Top 25 for the first time in school history.

"It's a huge honor to think of all the teams and players who have come through the program, for this to be the first team that's ranked that's special," first-year coach Bart Brooks said Monday. "It's a cool thing to be a part of."

Brooks is no stranger to the Top 25, having been an assistant coach at DePaul for many years where the Blue Demons were consistently ranked. He inherited a really good team that is 24-3 this season and has won 39 consecutive Ohio Valley Conference games — the second longest active conference streak behind only No. 1 UConn.

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