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Daily 3 1Congratulations are in order for the SIUE softball team, who won a rain-shortened Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title this weekend, shellacking Murray State 12-1 in the finals. The conference made the decision to make the usual double-elimination tournament single elimination after rain wrecked havoc with the weekend tournament, a decision that didn’t go over well with everyone.

That was just some of the negative comments made towards the league on Twitter. The last of the three tweets does show show what the conference was up against — the NCAA. The OVC only had until a preset time (my guess would be Sunday afternoon around five) to crown a champion, and they were worried that they wouldn’t have a champion in a full double-elimination tournament by that time. Why? There would have had to been at least four more games, possibly five, to determine a champion. If there was more rain in the forecast for Sunday, that could have created quite a conundrum for the conference, one I’m not entirely sure how it would have been resolved. The top overall seed, Jacksonville State, was already eliminated.

Was it the right decision? It wasn’t popular, that’s for certain. But a bigger question: why hold a tournament that can be easily affected by weather so close to the deadline? The OVC is far from alone in doing so, but it’s something that may be worth asking in the future.

Daily 3 2There was no controversy on the baseball side, as Southeast Missouri wrapped up the OVC regular season championship this weekend. The Redhawks are six games up in the win column over two teams in a tie for second place, as they wrapped up their conference campaign. With a weekend to go, the battle for the last OVC tournament spots is much more interesting. Austin Peay is in sixth at 13-14, just a game back of a tie for fourth between Morehead State and SIUE. Behind them, Eastern Illinois, who is half a game back thanks in part to a tie with Belmont earlier in the season. Murray State is one game back.

Of the teams battling for sixth: The Racers head to Eastern Kentucky, who is still mathematically alive with a sweep of Murray. Austin Peay travels to SIUE. Eastern Illinois travels to bottom-dwellers UT Martin.

Daily 3 3The full Academic Progress Rate (APR) numbers will be released on Wednesday, and this year the schools face a major adjustment: The APR requirement for postseason eligibility increases from 900 to 930.

The schools themselves are well aware of their APR standing; the numbers released this week are for the 2012-13 year. Some schools, like Houston Baptist, have already announced their postseason ban for the following season, although there are likely some that have not, due to an appeal with the NCAA in the works.

Last year, we looked at the men’s basketball APR scores and found that UT Martin, Eastern Illinois, and SEMO were at some risk of a ban, with the Skyhawks and Panthers in worst need of a high score. UT Martin and Eastern Kentucky had lower numbers on the football side, but neither weren’t at a major risk.

It’s worth noting that Tennessee State, Austin Peay, and Morehead State are ‘limited resource’ schools, and only need a 910 APR four-year average to remain postseason eligible.

  1. Jonathan Shank:
    A couple comments.... First I agree about not being able to finish the tournament. They should have had a little planning ahead so they would have time. Find other fields to be able to play two games at once if needed. BUT... someone from TTU saying they should have went to the postseason because they upset the number 1 seed, after they got beat by the team who ended up winning has no room to complain in my book. And to the first tweet technically they won a semifinal game.... haha. Last thing. Alabama A&M at this moment has 2 players on their basketball roster and only one scholarship player now that they are APR banned. That sucks a lot.
    • ovcball:
      That really sucks for Alabama A&M. The only sorta good thing is that the NCAA allows players to transfer and not sit out from those programs. I'm somewhat shocked they do that.
      • Jonathan Shank:
        At this point do you consider just not having a team next year? How many players are even left to recruit. The one left is a senior and just help him transfer. I guess it wouldn't really happen and having a horrible team of walk ons is better than no team but still.
        • ovcball:
          If you end it, I'm not sure how easily you restart it. Here's what you do: you find guys that wouldn't have an opportunity elsewhere. Yeah, you'll be terrible, but you're probably going to be terrible anyway. At least try to make it a positive.
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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)