2012 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Odds and Predictions to Win 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament – 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Favorites, Sleepers, Schedule and TV Listings plus Expert Picks: In the past couple of seasons, the Ohio Valley Conference has pulled a couple of upsets in the NCAA tournament. This season, the conference recorded three wins against teams ranked in the AP Top 25, and Murray State is currently ranked in the top 10 in the country. Whether or not the conference continues to emerge as one of the top mid-majors remains to be seen, but for the immediate future, teams from the Ohio Valley could continue to spring some upsets in March.
The Favorite – 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Odds, Predictions and Expert Picks
Without question, the ninth-ranked Murray State Racers (28-1) are the team to beat in the Ohio Valley tournament. They own victories against Memphis and Saint Mary’s out of conference and lost just a single game during league play. With star point guard Isaiah Canaan leading a high-powered offense, the Racers superior athletes have been too much for conference foes to handle all season long. Canaan is shooting a ridiculous 48.4 percent from beyond the arc and averaging almost 20 points, and if the Racers play anywhere close to their potential, they should steamroll to the tournament crown.
The Dark Horses – 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Odds, Predictions and Expert Picks
Outside of Murray State, the biggest threat to win the Ohio Valley tournament has to be the Tennessee State Tigers (19-11). The Tigers were the only team to defeat the Racers this season, and they also won nine of their last 10 regular season games. Tennessee State is blessed with one of the dominant big men in the conference in Robert Covington. He is averaging 18.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.9 percent from the field. He can control the paint on both ends of the court for the Tigers, and if he has a big tournament, they could end up winning the whole thing.
After pulling off an upset of Louisville in the NCAA tournament last year, the Morehead State Eagles (17-14) took a step back this season. Losing Kenneth Faried to the NBA didn’t help, but despite being miserable on offense, the Eagles have maintained their intensity on the defensive end of the court. Morehead State is allowing less than 62 points per game, and by forcing opponents to play at their methodical pace, the Eagles can keep a lot of games close. For example, they lost by just five points to Tennessee State and just six to Murray State. A stifling defense can make up for a lot of other weaknesses.
Sleeper Special – 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Odds, Predictions and Expert Picks
They may not have much depth, but the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (18-14) have the best scoring tandem in the Ohio Valley Conference. Guard Kevin Murphy is averaging a team-best 20.6 points per game, while forward Jud Dilard is averaging 18.0 points to go along with 8.7 rebounds. Together, the two form an inside-outside combo that gives Tennessee Tech’s offense a nice balance. Having just two reliable scorers has caught up with the Golden Eagles at times this year, especially late in games. That being said, Murphy and Dilard have enough ability on the offensive end to make Tennessee Tech dangerous in tournament setting.
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Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Predictions from NSAwins.com: Murray State to WIN over Tennessee State
2012 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Odds
Murray State -550
Tennessee State +475
Tennessee Tech +1300
Morehead State +2300
Austin Peay +3500
Jacksonville State +6500
Eastern Kentucky +10000
Southeast Missouri State +10000
2012 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Men’s Basketball Championship Schedule:
First Round: Wednesday, February 29
Game 1: #5 Southeast Missouri vs. #8 Eastern Kentucky, 6:00 p.m.
Game 2: #6 Austin Peay vs. #7 Jacksonville State, 8:00 p.m.
Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 1
Game 3: #4 Tennessee Tech vs. Winner of Game 1, 6:00 p.m.
Game 4: #3 Morehead State vs. Winner of Game 2, 8:00 p.m.
Semifinals: Friday, March 2
Game 5: #1 Murray State vs. Winner of Game 3, 6:00 p.m.
Game 6: #2 Tennessee State vs. Winner of Game 4, 8:00 p.m.
Championship: Saturday, March 3
Game 7: Semifinal Winners, 1 p.m.
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