03 March 2014

2014 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Predictions

The first team into the 2014 NCAA Tournament will be the champion of Music City Madness this Saturday night. So if you have any other reason to follow the Ohio Valley Championship, at least you have that. The top seed this year is Belmont, who won the tournament last year. There has not been a repeat champion since Murray State won three in a row from 1997-1999, but could the Bruins be the first since? Or will Murray, Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State or somebody else win the OVC? Here are my predictions foor this week's action in Nashville.

First Round - March 5th
#8 SIU Edwardsville vs. #5 Tennessee Tech - OVC Digital Network, 6:00
Pick: SIU Edwardsville

#7 Eastern Illinois vs. #6 SE Missouri State - OVC Digital Network, 8:00
Pick: SE Missouri State

Quarterfinals - March 6th
#8 SIU Edwardsville vs. #4 Morehead State - OVC Digital Network, 6:00
Pick: Morehead State

#6 SE Missouri State vs. #3 Eastern Kentucky - OVC Digital Network, 8:00
Pick: Eastern Kentucky

Semifinals - March 7th
#4 Morehead State vs. #1 Belmont - ESPNU, 6:30
Pick: Belmont

#3 Eastern Kentucky vs. #2 Murray State - ESPNU, 9:00
Pick: Murray State

Championship - March 8th
#2 Murray State vs. #1 Belmont - ESPN2, 6:00
You want offense? You will get plenty of it when these two show down in the final. The one time they met this year, Belmont won 99-96. While I don't know if the score will be as high (although I wouldn't be surprised), I think we will get a similar result as I think Belmont is deeper offensively and will be tough to tame.
Pick: Belmont

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