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 Payout 2012 Payout Difference
Belmont $76,036 N/A 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.