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For the second year in a row, the OVC will split up half a million dollars among the conference’s twelve schools as part of their “Basketball Enrichment Plan.” And this year, the largest share is heading the the OVC Champions, Belmont.

Unlike last year, where Murray State took home a lion’s share of the pool, the money was more evenly split between schools at the top of the conference. According to WPSD Local 6, the payouts were as follows:


 2013 Payout2012 PayoutDifference
Eastern Kentucky$67,580$35,269$32,311
Murray State$65,388$106,214(-$40,826)
Tennessee State$61,698$70,874(-$9,176)
Jacksonville State$58,170$37,710$20,460
Southeast Missouri$50,249$43,211$7,038
Eastern Illinois$25,717$21,047$4,670
UT Martin$23,287$15,735$7,552
Morehead State$23,105$47,536(-$24,431)
Austin Peay$21,862$28,703(-$6,841)
Tennessee Tech$17,367$64,657(-$47,290)
SIU Edwardsville$9,541$13,037(-$3,466)


The money, extra revenue from recent men’s NCAA Tournament wins, is divided up using six criteria:

  • Overall RPI
  • Improvement in RPI (three-year rolling average)
  • Increase in Division I wins from the previous year (three-year rolling average)
  • Division I non-conference wins (three-year rolling average)
  • OVC tournament or regular season championships in the last four years
  • 40% of non-conference games being played at home or neutral sites

According to WPSD, payouts will be given at the end of June. That’s when the OVC’s fiscal year ends.

EKU had the biggest jump from the previous year, and Jacksonville State also saw a substantial rise. Murray’s State share took a hit, which isn’t surprising given they were 31-2 and OVC champions the year before; but it was Tennessee Tech whose share fell the most.

SIU Edwardsville’s share is lower due to their recent transition to being a full-fledged Division I program.

The number that was kind of surprising was Morehead State’s. Despite being a contender during the conference year, a low RPI and fewer non-conference home games likely contributed to the Eagles less than stellar pull.

  1. Chuck Hammer:
    Why would you give the bulk of the money to the best teams? Wouldn't it make more sense to help out the lesser funded and struggling teams (record wise)????
    • ovcball:
      It's not about balancing out the league: it's about rewarding success. It's an incentive for teams that help rise the profile of the conference.
OVC Ball
Final Word (11/13): Jacksonville State stands alone…in basketball too.

2017-18 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 0-0 2-0
Tennessee Tech 0-0 1-1
Murray State 0-0 1-1
Southeast Missouri* 0-0 1-1
Belmont 0-0 1-1
Eastern Kentucky 0-0 1-1
Tennessee State 0-0 1-1
Eastern Illinois 0-0 0-1
SIUE 0-0 0-1
Austin Peay 0-0 0-2
Morehead State 0-0 0-2
UT Martin 0-0 0-2

*Ineligible for postseason (APR)