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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

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Ohio Valley

Evan Bradds had the top field goal percentage in the nation last season, and while his numbers are sure to drop slightly, the Belmont Bruins will be the top team in the Ohio Valley Conference due to his talents.
Evan Bradds had the top field goal percentage in the nation last season, and while his numbers are sure to drop slightly, the Belmont Bruins will be the top team in the Ohio Valley Conference due to his talents.

With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.

The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!

Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.

Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.

Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.

Below, you can find the All-Conference Teams and Conference Player of the Year for the Ohio Valley Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Ohio Valley

RECAP: Austin Peay Completes Improbable Run to NCAA Tournament with 83-73 Win over Tennessee-Martin

Austin Peay became the first ever 8-seed to win the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, earning an NCAA Tournament berth with an 83-73 victory over UT-Martin on Saturday night.
Austin Peay became the first ever 8-seed to win the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, earning an NCAA Tournament berth with an 83-73 victory over UT-Martin on Saturday night.

Playing their fourth game in as many days, the Austin Peay Governors were looking to make some history on Saturday night.

After knocking off the Belmont Bruins in the Ohio Valley Conference semi-finals the night before, the Governors turned their attention to the tournament finale. Austin Peay came into the tournament with a 14-17 record overall, and were the 8-seed in the bracket.

No 8-seed has ever won the OVC tournament title, but the Governors looked like a team that couldn’t be stopped.

Against the UT-Martin Skyhawks on Saturday, the Governors found themselves as the underdogs once again. The Skyhawks looked impressive in their tournament run, and knocked off the Morehead State Eagles in their semi-final showdown on Friday.

Only one of the two could represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament, and the Governors continues their Cinderella run to the big dance with another impressive performance.

Freshman guard Jared Savage went 8-of-14 from three point range for 24 points, and Austin Peay completed their run through the conference tournament with an 83-73 victory over the UT-Martin Skyhawks. Continue reading RECAP: Austin Peay Completes Improbable Run to NCAA Tournament with 83-73 Win over Tennessee-Martin

RECAP: UT-Martin Gets Back to .500 with Road Win at Florida Atlantic

Myles Taylor narrowly missed out on a double-double, recording 19 points and 9 rebounds to help get the UT-Martin Skyhawks back to .500 with a 57-48 win over Florida Atlantic on Tuesday afternoon.
Myles Taylor narrowly missed out on a double-double, recording 19 points and 9 rebounds to help get the UT-Martin Skyhawks back to .500 with a 57-48 win over Florida Atlantic on Tuesday afternoon.

After a 2-7 start to the season, people were starting to write off the UT-Martin Skyhawks before they gave them a fair shake in 2015-16. Yes, they lost four straight to open the year, and then had another three-game losing streak to their name, but things can turn around in a heartbeat. That is especially true in the college basketball world, and the Skyhawks entered Tuesday afternoon’s tilt riding a four-game winning streak.

They were looking to extend their streak when they went on the road to take on the Florida Atlantic Owls. The Owls entered with a 2-10 record, and were stuck in a five-game losing streak. Florida Atlantic was searching for answers, and they were hoping they could put an end to their streak on Tuesday afternoon against the Skyhawks.

Points were at a premium on the afternoon, as both teams shot less than 30% from the floor, but somebody had to come out on top. Twymond Howard recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the UT-Martin Skyhawks to the 57-48 win over the Florida Atlantic Owls, getting back to the .500 mark in the process. Continue reading RECAP: UT-Martin Gets Back to .500 with Road Win at Florida Atlantic

Twymond Howard Hits Last-Second Jumper to Lift UT-Martin Skyhawks to First Win of 2015-16

Twymond Howard hit a three-pointer with 3 seconds left to break the tie and lift the UT-Martin Skyhawks to their first win of the season, a 75 - 72 decision over James Madison.
Twymond Howard hit a three-pointer with 6 seconds left to break the tie and lift the UT-Martin Skyhawks to their first win of the season, a 75 – 72 decision over James Madison.

On the heels of a successful 2014-15 season, the Tennessee-Martin (UTM) Skyhawks have found themselves on the wrong end of some close game to open the 2015-16 campaign. Three of their four losses have come by 7 points or less, including a four-point defeat at the hands of Oral Roberts.

Sunday night brought forth another opportunity for the Skyhawks to take home their first victory of the season, this time taking on the James Madison Dukes. The trend of close-games would continue, as the game was tied with under 10 seconds to go.

On Sunday, the Skyhawks would come out on the right side of the final score, thanks to some late-game heroics from their star senior.

Twymond Howard hit a clutch three-pointer with less than 6 seconds left on the clock, and the Skyhawks scored a big road win over the Dukes, 78 – 75. Continue reading Twymond Howard Hits Last-Second Jumper to Lift UT-Martin Skyhawks to First Win of 2015-16

2015-16 College Basketball Previews: Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks

Senior forward Twymond Howard (30) was a key piece in the Skyhawks' miraculous turnaround in 2014-15, and will be leaned upon heavily in 2015-16 to lead Tennessee-Martin on their trek towards the NCAA Tournament.
Senior forward Twymond Howard (30) was a key piece in the Skyhawks’ miraculous turnaround in 2014-15, and will be leaned upon heavily in 2015-16 to lead Tennessee-Martin on their trek towards the NCAA Tournament.

Coming off a year where a team wins just 8 games, very rarely does that team come back the next year and pass the 20-win mark and make a deep post-season run.

Nobody told the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks that it was tough to do, and they proved pretty well everyone wrong in showing us all that it can indeed be done.

Last season, the Skyhawks went 21 – 13 overall, a 13-win improvement from the season prior. They advanced to the semi-finals of the CIT, thanks in large part to newcomer Twymond Howard.

This season, fans are hoping for more of the same from the Skyhawks. They got a taste of post-season play, and are hungry for another appearance and run by their team. With a roster full of experience and talent, the Skyhawks could be the beneficiaries of a certain conference powerhouse taking a step back this season. Time will tell as to how they handle the opportunity in front of them.

On the heels of last year’s successful run, take a read below to see what the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks will bring to the hardwood for an encore presentation in 2015-16.
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