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In the final year of the Bracketbusters event, the OVC will be featured more than anytime in the event’s history. Three teams will be featured in televised games, including back-to-back games in the nightcap.

The Bracketbusters event involves 122 teams from 13 mid-major conference. Every Ohio Valley Conference basketball team is involved this year with six teams being at home and the remaining on the road. As per an agreement with ESPN, each school will make a return trip withing two years of playing. 

All games Saturday, February 23.

 

TV Games

Eastern Kentucky (17-6) at Valparaiso (17-6)
ESPNU, 1 p.m. EST

Initial Thoughts: A good game with regional interest. Valpo is not only 17-6, but 7-2 in the very good Horizon conference. Valpo, much like the Colonels, like to shoot the three. Could be a very high scoring affair for the Colonels.

 

South Dakota State (18-6) at Murray State (16-5)
ESPN2, 7p.m. CST

Initial Thoughts: Murray State made out better than could have been expected. One of, if not the prime TV spot, and they face a hugely tough opponents in the Jackrabbits. A win would be a good boost to the Racers resume. Important to note, the Jackrabbits are undefeated at home, just 5-6 on the road this year. The matchup between Isaiah Cannan and Nate Wolters will make for must-see TV.

 

Ohio (15-6) at Belmont (19-4)
ESPN2, 9 p.m. CST

Initial Thoughts: It’s not a bad game by any stretch, but the Bruins likely are a bit disappointed to see Creighton head to the West Coast. Ohio has a 92 RPI (lower than SD State) and won’t provide a big boost to the Bruins with a win. Watching D.J. Cooper against Ian Clark will be fun to see.

 

The Rest

Austin Peay (5-18) at Liberty (7-16)

Eastern Illinois (6-17) at Northern Illinois (5-15)

Jacksonville State (15-7) at UNC Ashville (13-10)

Morehead State (11-13) at Oakland (11-13)

Ball State (8-12) at SEMO (11-13)

SIUE (8-11) at Central Arkansas (9-11)

Loyola (MD) (16-8)at Tennessee State (13-10)

UMKC (6-18) at Tennessee Tech (8-14)

Longwood (3-20) at UT Martin (6-16)


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OVC Ball
Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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