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.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tahj Eaddy may only be a freshman, but he showed on Wednesday night that he is poised beyond his years.
In the Music City, the Ohio Valley Conference tournament opened up with a match-up featuring the Tennessee State Tigers and the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.
Despite both teams boasting a high-profile senior guard, in Tahjere McCall for the Tigers and Antonius Cleveland for the Redhawks, two freshmen stole the show in the end. The veterans played a big role in the outcome, but ultimately it came to one big shot from a first-year player to give his team the win.
CHARLESTON, Ill. — On February 25, 2016, the Eastern Illinois Panthers welcomed Murray State into Lantz Arena for a nationally televised showdown. 2,000+ fans packed inside the cozy home of the Panthers and were treated to an 85-74 victory, which was by far the most impressive win of the season.
In the Racers’ first trip back, two newcomers, Terrell Miller Jr. and Jonathan Stark, avoided a repeat result, jockeying Murray State to an 83-72 vengeful win.
“When you rely on jumpers, it will come and go,” said Eastern Illinois head coach Jay Spoonhour. “We don’t really have guys that make plays off the bounce real well.
In today’s basketball, it’s more common to see forwards put together a perfect shooting night than it is a guard.
On Tuesday night, Antonius Cleveland chalked one up for guards everywhere.
Before the season started, we tabbed Cleveland as one of the top senior guards to keep an eye on this year, and Tuesday night was a perfect example of why. Against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, Cleveland and the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks were going for their third straight win on their home court, and were looking to hand the Eagles their first conference loss of the season.
What looked like a commanding lead at the time, the Redhawks took a 46-34 lead into the break after the first half. The Golden Eagles launched a comeback in the second half, and made a game of it.
The Wofford Terriers exploded in the first half, especially from behind the 3-point arc, to notch its first Division I victory of the season in a 96-77 home rout of the Ohio Valley Conference‘s Austin Peay Governors on Thursday evening.
Wofford, bouncing back from a non-conference loss to the TCU Horned Frogs last Saturday, landed nine of 13 3-point attempts in the first half, including four made by Fletcher Magee and three from Jaylen Allen. The Terriers (4-7) also moved the ball well, and thanks to both senior point guard Eric Garcia and reserve Derrick Brooks, recorded an impressive total of 15 assists on 20 made shots.