Congrats are in order to Jacksonville State, who, with their win against Eastern Illinois this weekend, have wrapped up an Ohio Valley Conference football title, and will be returning to the FCS playoffs for the second straight year — and they should very well be a seeded team this year. (There are just eight)
The big question remaining is — will the OVC see three teams again this year? Last year, they were benefited by EIU’s impressive run. While JSU is undefeated, I’m not sure they’ve been dominant enough to give the OVC a similar boost this year.
In fact, Craig Haley at the Sports Network says EIU’s hopes are gone with their loss at JSU. College Sports Madness agrees, putting just two OVC teams in their latest bracketology, JSU and Eastern Kentucky.
Another signing to announce today — this time out of Edwardsville.
Alton Anderson, HS SR, 6’4 guard
Anderson is gearing up for his senior season with the Redbirds after scoring 10.4 points a game as a junior. He was second on the team with 4.1 rebounds per game.
Forrester on Anderson: “He has a strong body and can rebound from the guard spot. He’s a versatile player who can play multiple positions for us.”
The men’s NCAA basketball tournament will return to Nashville sooner rather than later. The OVC announced today that Bridgestone arena will play host to the rounds of 64 and 32 in 2018. It’ll be the fifth time since 2000 that Nashville hosted tournament games, and the first since 2012.
That’s good, and great, and everything. There’s even better news out of the NCAA today. Are you sitting down for this? If not, take a moment to do so now.
Starting in 2016…the NCAA will no longer attempt to brand the “First Four” as the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It will officially become the “First Four,” and the round of 64 will return to it’s rightful name of “First Round.”
Our long, national nightmare is now over, everyone!