Friday, October 17, 2014

Media Picks Murray State to Win OVC Championship in 2014-15

The media has picked Murray State to win the Ohio Valley Conference in 2014-15.

The Racers earned 16 first-place votes as the pick for overall champion. They had 22 first-place votes and 132 points in the West Division poll.

Southeast Missouri is picked to finish second in the West Division with 109 points. Eastern Illinois is third, followed by Austin Peay, SIUE and UT Martin.

Belmont is the choice to win the East Division with 19 first-place votes and 127 points.

Eastern Kentucky, last season's tournament champions, is picked to finish second with 104 points and a single first-place vote.

Morehead State, which obtained 2 first-place votes and 97 points, sits in third.

The bottom three in the East Division are Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville State and Tennessee State.

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

2014-15 Media OVC Preseason Men's Predicted Order of FinishOverall Champion: Murray State (16 first-place votes)

East Division 1. Belmont (19 first-place votes) - 127 points
2. Eastern Kentucky (1) - 104
3. Morehead State (2) - 97
4. Tennessee Tech - 62
5. Jacksonville State - 41
6. Tennessee State - 31

West Division 1. Murray State (22 first-place votes) - 132 points
2. Southeast Missouri - 109
3. Eastern Illinois - 68
4. Austin Peay - 60
5. SIUE - 57
6. UT Martin - 36

Preseason Player of the Year: Cameron Payne, Murray State

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