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Ohio Valley Conference Championship Preview: Jacksonville State takes on UT-Martin

After knocking off the top-seeded Belmont Bruins on Friday, Malcolm Drumwright and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks will look to secure their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth on Saturday against the UT-Martin Skyhawks in the Ohio Valley Conference championship.
After knocking off the top-seeded Belmont Bruins on Friday, Malcolm Drumwright and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks will look to secure their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth on Saturday against the UT-Martin Skyhawks in the Ohio Valley Conference championship.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two of the three teams from the Ohio Valley Conference who have never appeared in the NCAA Tournament will square off on Saturday night in the conference championship.

The winner will advance to their first-ever NCAA Tournament, and will get to experience the joys of hearing their name called on Selection Sunday as a part of the field of 68.

Inside the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Saturday night at 8:00pm EST, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks will take on the regular season West Division leaders, the UT-Martin Skyhawks. It’s a slightly unexpected final pairing, as the Gamecocks eliminated the top-seeded Belmont Bruins in the semifinals.

Both teams have been playing some of their basketball at the right time. But, outside of the hardcore basketball fan, many won’t know much about the two teams taking part in the finale.

Here’s what you need to know about both teams heading into Saturday’s championship contest. Continue reading Ohio Valley Conference Championship Preview: Jacksonville State takes on UT-Martin