Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Murray State, Belmont Mentioned as Possible Expansion Teams in the Horizon League

The Horizon League is looking to add a new team and it sounds like they could potentially raid the Ohio Valley Conference.

According to a report from TheGuardianOnline.com, two potential candidates are Murray State and Belmont.

Here's an excerpt:

The conference has had its current nine-member slate since 2013 when Loyola left the league and Oakland joined. The league has been looking to get to an even number of programs, either 10 or 12.

“For us, it has to be about a financial fit, a competitive fit, about a sport fit, a geographic fit, about a travel fit,” LeCrone said. “We are in an active phase where maybe 12 months ago, we were in a study phase.”

Two potential candidates for Horizon League expansions are Murray State and Belmont. Murray State barely missed getting an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after a 27-5 regular season.

Belmont joined the Horizon League in 2014 as an associate member in men’s soccer. As part of the four-year agreement with the Horizon League, Belmont has to play a home and home with a Horizon League team each year in men’s basketball.

“We’ve got some good home and homes coming up with Belmont, so I think they are very good games for us,” LeCrone said.

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