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This is a whole lot simpler now…

Only two seeds are still in play, as Belmont and Tennessee State close out the OVC regular season on Sunday. Here’s where we stand:

  1. Belmont
  2. UT Martin
  3. Morehead State
  4. Tennessee Tech or Tennessee State
  5. Tennessee Tech or Tennessee State
  6. Murray State
  7. Eastern Illinois
  8. Austin Peay

That 4-5 differentiation is huge one. The four-seed gets a single bye in Nashville. The five-seed…doesn’t.

So, what’s to play for today? So glad you asked.

If Tennessee State wins: TSU is the four seed.
If Tennessee State loses: TTU is the four seed.


Here’s how the OVC Tournament looks as of now.

Opening Round

#8 Austin Peay vs #5 TSU/TTU
#7 Eastern Illinois vs #6 Murray State

Second Round

AP/TSU/TTU winner vs #4 TSU/TTU
EIU/Murray winner vs #3 Morehead State


AP/TSU/TTU winner vs #1 Belmont
EIU/Murray/Morehead winner vs #2 UT Martin


The remaining two teams

  1. Nick Alexander:
    Long road ahead, but if the Racers play like they did tonight, they can win the tournament.
    • Catlin Bogard:
      So, weirdly enough -- I'm working on a prediction algorithm (Similar to what KenPom does) specifically for the OVC. I've been tweaking it the past few weeks, but here's what it's predicting for the OVC Tourney: Murray over EIU: 76-69 // Murray over Morehead 69-68 // Murray over UT Martin 73-68 // Belmont over Murray 79-78 // The reason? Murray State is 3rd in offensive efficiency and 3rd in defensive efficiency in OVC play. It doesn't factor in playing four games in four days, but it gives Murray a shot. (For those wondering, it has either TTU or TSU beating Austin Peay solidly. Then a virtual tie between TTU / TSU, but Belmont beating either team by about four points.)
OVC Ball
Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24