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With Murray State bowing out of the NCAA Tournament, the first full season of OVC Ball has come to a close. But that doesn’t mean we’re closing up shop until November.

OVC Ball started (somewhat awkwardly) last February, meaning this is actually my second offseason of coverage. Last season, I did a “Way Too Early Season Preview,” as well as a recruiting update, and that was the vast majority of my coverage.

Both of those will be coming back this summer, with a few additions.

Starting this week, we’ll take a look back at “What went wrong” with all 12 OVC teams, including Belmont, and try to determine why the season ended when it did. That will start with UT Martin’s horrific season, and work our way backwards through the standings (adding in Belmont as No. 2.)

The recruiting update will return mid-May, a few weeks after the signing period. Why so late? So that I can use the time to try and find out more about the incoming players than what’s just on the school’s press release.

Then the “Way too Early season previews” will make their return, where I’ll rank the teams 1-12. (Last year, I had Murray State at 2 and Tennessee Tech at 1. So my predictions don’t exactly win awards for accuracy. Although I did better than the AD’s and Coaches on a few picks, i.e. I had Austin Peay 4th.)

Finally, I’ll count down the final days to practice in an “End of Summer Countdown”, and then Season 2 officially begins at the OVC Media Day in late September / early October.

And if the NCAA decides on any rule changes during the summer, I’ll address those as well and how they might affect the teams in the conference.

There will also be some behind the scenes updates, including working on adding standings to the OVC Ball home page (more complicated than one might think, trust me) updated graphics, and minor tweaks to the site.

There’s also some big changes I hope to implement to the site, including the addition of more pictures and video.

I also want your ideas on what you’d like to see on the site next season. Leave me a comment, or you can send me an email to

Thanks to everyone for reading this year.

Onward and upward.

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OVC Ball
Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24