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Take a close look at the tweet below. The top right corner, specifically.

See that? “2016 OVC Champions.”

Mid-major (and especially low-major) college basketball has had this weird divide for years now: a 14-22 game conference season — but we’re going to determine who gets to play for a national championship based on a three or four day stretch.

Over 16 games last season, Austin Peay was the 8th best in the OVC, but for four days in March, they caught fire, and had a chance to continue their season with the potential of being crowned the best in the land.

Over those same 16 games last season, Belmont was the best team in the OVC, but fell in an overtime thriller to Austin Peay because college basketball games are only 40 minutes, not 40 minutes and two-tenths of a second. Their season continued as well, but in a tournament who nobody really remembers who even won it. (It was George Washington. No, seriously.)

To be clear, I have zero issue with both schools hanging banners. Austin Peay has already hung their’s, in fact.

So here’s my question: how should we view the conference season? Should it be given it’s own “title,” even one that’s majorly meaningless, or should we view it for what it really is: a way to seed teams for the actually important conference tournament.

To be clear, I have zero issue with both schools hanging banners

Even the pro leagues handle it differently. No trophy is handed out in the NFL for winning the regular season, it’s Super Bowl Champion or bust, but the NHL hands out the Presidents’ Trophy to the team with the most points in the regular season.

So, where do you stand?

How should the OVC handle their conference titles

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  1. Rick wallin:
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    One team is OVC tournament champ and one OVC regular season champ. Always use the entire title. Simple.
  2. Anonymous:
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    Okay Belmont fan... APSU OVC Champs get over it...
    • Catlin Bogard:
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      Did you miss the whole "I have no issue with both schools hanging banners" line? I even made it BIGGER than the rest. Also -- I think the OVC Tournament champ should be the overall champion. That would be Austin Peay.
    • Catlin Bogard:
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      AND -- this line: "So here’s my question: how should we view the conference season? Should it be given it’s own “title,” even one that’s majorly meaningless, or should we view it for what it really is: a way to seed teams for the actually important conference tournament." --clearly, I'm for calling the tournament champions the champs. Please actually read my article for accusing me of bias.
  3. Kenneth Henley:
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    The OVC tournament winner gets the NCAA automatic bid.In my eyes,that's the conference champion.I certainly was going to declare UTM the OVC champs if they'd beaten Austin Peay in the finals.Also if you're going to accuse someone of bias have the guts to use your name.Even if you're fan message board name is something stupid like "Racer Rox" that's better than "Anonymous".
  4. Ryan:
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    The OVC has regular season, which decides who goes to the tournament. Therefore there is a regular season winner. Last year, it was Belmont. Then, the OVC has a tournament, which has a winner. Last year it was Peay. Peay is NON the OVC Chams, they are the OVC Tournament champs. BIG DISTINCTION. Im not a fan of how the NCAA selects which OVC team goes to the big dance, but until they figure it out, we have have to distinguish between the two.
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Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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