Another early March is upon us, and you know what that means; it’s time for the OVC Basketball Tournament in Evansville, Indiana. This year, Murray State enters the tournament as the clear-cut favorite to bring home the hardware for the final time as an OVC member before jumping ship to the Missouri Valley next season. However, the undefeated Regular Season OVC Champion will have to find a way to defeat Belmont or Morehead State for the crown.
All season long, the OVC Basketball slate has been run by three teams in particular, with Murray State establishing their dominance early before running the table and finishing the regular season with an undefeated 18-0 OVC record.
Yet, a lot of folks around the conference, including Sports Anchor Adam Wells, have said Morehead State has the most likely chance at dethroning Murray State this weekend in Evansville. However, a Morehead State or Belmont Championship would be an amazing thing for the OVC Conference as they would become a conference with two Tournament teams compared to just one in Murray State.
With that being said, Murray State is in the best shape out of the entire field this weekend. No matter what happens, Murray State will have earned another NCAA Tournament appearance making it the program’s 18th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Despite that, the OVC Tournament always fields one of the most exciting conference tournaments in the history of College Basketball. This year will be no different.
Sure, you hear the names of Murray State, Belmont, and Morehead State, but the OVC also has teams like Southeast Missouri State or even a Tennessee State who have the potential to make a deep run in Evansville this weekend.
Overall, Murray State will likely be the last team standing on Saturday night as the Racers look to cut down the nets again. But, don’t be surprised when you see Morehead State, Belmont, Southeast Missouri State, or even Tennessee State giving the Racers hell as the OVC Conference takes the College Basketball centerstage.
All the action in Evansville will get underway on Wednesday night as the 5th seeded Tennessee State takes on 8th seeded SIUE at 6:30 on ESPN Plus. Following that game, College Basketball fans will be treated to an underrated matchup between bottom dwellers Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech.