Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Coaches Pick Murray State to Win OVC in 2014-15

The Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball coaches have picked Murray State to win the league in the 2014-15.

The Racers are picked to win the West Division with 22 first-place votes and 132 total points. Southeast Missouri is picked second with 2 first-place votes and 109 points. SIUE, Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois and UT Martin (in that order) round out the West Division.

Belmont is the preseason pick in the East Division with 16 first-place votes and 125 total points. Morehead State is second with 4 first-place votes and 103 points. Eastern Kentucky is just behind with 4 first-place votes and 102 points. Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville State and Tennessee State are the bottom three teams in the East Division.

Murray State had 15 first-place votes for overall OVC champion. Belmont earned 7 votes. Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State each earned a single vote.

Murray State's Cameron Payne is Preseason OVC Player of the Year.

Release from the OVC

2014-15 Preseason OVC Men’s Basketball Predicted Order of Finish
Overall OVC Champion: Murray State (15 first-place vote)
Other Teams Receiving Overall First-Place Votes: Belmont (7), Eastern Kentucky (1), Morehead State (1)

East Division
1. Belmont (16 first-place votes) – 125 points
2. Morehead State (4) – 103
3. Eastern Kentucky (4) – 102
4. Tennessee Tech – 71
5. Jacksonville State – 52
6. Tennessee State - 40

West Division
1. Murray State (22 first-place vote) – 132 points
2. Southeast Missouri (2) – 109
3. SIUE – 77
4. Austin Peay – 70
5. Eastern Illinois – 64
6. UT Martin 40
2014-15 Preseason All-OVC Men’s Basketball Team
Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Cameron Payne, Murray State

Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri
Craig Bradshaw, Belmont
Reece Chamberlain, Belmont
Chris Horton, Austin Peay
Cameron Payne, Murray State
T.J. Sapp, Murray State
Myles Taylor, UT Martin
Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky
Angelo Warner, Morehead State
Jarvis Williams, Murray State

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