02 March 2015

2015 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Predictions

The very first team in the 2015 NCAA Tournament will be the champion of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and will be crowned on Saturday night in Nashville. There is one clear-cut favorite in the OVC and that is Murray State. The Racers swept through conference play as they went a perfect 16-0, and they have not lost since November. They feature one of the top offenses in the country and are led by sophomore guard Cameron Payne and senior forward Jarvis Williams.

Of course, we know that these conference tournaments can be tricky even for favorites (whether or not that is argument for traditional one-bid conferences to have tournaments can be discussed at another time), so will Murray State come out on top or will somebody else steal the bid? Here are my 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament predictions.

All games held at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.

First Round - Wednesday, March 4th
5 Morehead State vs. 8 Southeast Missouri - OVCDN, 7:00
Pick: Morehead State

6 Eastern Illinois vs. 7 SIU Edwardsville - OVCDN, 9:00
Pick: Eastern Illinois

Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 5th
4 UT Martin vs. 5 Morehead State - OVCDN, 7:00
Pick: Morehead State

3 Belmont vs. 6 Eastern Illinois - OVCDN, 9:00
Pick: Belmont

Semifinals - Friday, March 6th
1 Murray State vs. 4 UT Martin - ESPNU, 7:30
Pick: Murray State

2 Eastern Kentucky vs. 3 Belmont - ESPNU, 9:30
Pick: Belmont

Championship - Saturday, March 7th
1 Murray State vs. 3 Belmont - ESPN2, 7:00
Given that the Racers have already beaten Belmont by 15 in the sole season matchup, I think they would be pleased with this matchup.
Pick: Murray State

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