Give or take, we’ve reached the halfway point of the Ohio Valley Conference season. So Tom and I decided to put together our mid-season awards list. And for the most part. We agree.
TV/CB : Player of the Year: Ian Clark, Belmont
Ian Clark has been putting up crazy numbers as he and his team are a full two games ahead of the rest of the conference. Clark on the season averages 19 points a game and shoots almost 58% from the field, and an amazing 51% from deep. In conference play Clark is the top scorer with 22 a night and shooting 64% from the field and 60% from deep.
TV Coach of the Year: Jeff Neubauer, Eastern Kentucky
Who expected the Colonels to in a tie for second best in the conference this late into the season, I certainly didn’t picking them to barely get into the field in the preseason. Neubauer has changed his team into an aggressive man to man defense that scores off the turnovers quite well. He has faced adversity with leading scorer Glenn Cosey going down before the Murray State game. In his place Neubauer trusted his bench and they have played somewhat better without him.
CB Coach of the Year: Rick Byrd, Belmont
While EKU’s record is surprising, so is Belmont’s domination. It’s the Atlantic Sun all over again for the Bruins, who have looked virtually unstoppable in OVC play.
TV First Team:
G Isaiah Canaan Murray State (21.1pts, 4.1 assists)
G Ian Clark Belmont (19.2pts, 2.6 assists, 1.6steals)
G Mike DiNunno Eastern Kentucky(15.9pts, 4.2 assists, 1.7 steals)
G Jud Dillard Tennessee Tech (19.5pts, 7.7reb)
F Ed Daniel Murray State (14.3pts, 11 reb, 1.7 block)
CB First Team:
G Isaiah Canaan Murray State
G Ian Clark Belmont
G Patrick Miller Tennessee State (13.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.3 apg)
F Ed Daniel Murray State
F Myles Taylor UT Martin (16.6pts, 7.8reb)
TV Second Team:
G Kerron Johnson Belmont (13.2pts, 4.9 assists, 1.7steals)
G Travis Betran Austin Peay (17.4pts, 2.9 assists)
F Jerome Jones SIUE (15.5pts, 5reb)
F Myles Taylor UT Martin
F Tyler Stone Southeast Missouri (16.3pts, 8.4reb, 1.3 blocks)
CB Second Team:
G Travis Betran Austin Peay
G Mike DiNunno Eastern Kentucky
G Jud Dillard Tennessee Tech
F Trevor Noack Belmont (12.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
F Kellen Thorton Tennessee State (14.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg)
Would be in consideration if not for injury
G Glenn Cosey Eastern Kentucky (15.0 ppg, 3.3 apg) missed last six games to injury.
F Robert Covington Tennessee State (17.3 ppg, 1.9 spg) missed last ten games to injury.
Corey Walden (EKU), Mark Yelovich(SIUE), Nino Johnson (SEMO)