Championship Week: Ohio Valley

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2009

Next we will take a look at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. There are 10 teams, but only eight advance to post-season play. Again, this conference will only field one team in the Big Dance.

The first round takes place at the higher seeds, but the semi-finals and championship game are held at the Sommet Center in Nashville.

On Mar. 3, the eight teams begin their quest for the OVC crown.

The No. 1 Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (21-8, 14-4 OVC) hosts the No. 8 Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (12-17, 6-12 OVC) at 8 p.m. The Skyhawks swept the season series, winning by 11 on the road and nine at home.

The No. 4 Morehead State Eagles (16-15, 12-6 OVC) will host the No. 5 Eastern Kentucky Colonels (18-12, 10-8 OVC) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. The teams split the season series, with each team winning by four points at their home arenas. Both teams do have wins versus No. 1 UTM and the winner could find themselves in the OVC title game.

The No. 3 Murray State Racers (18-11, 13-5 OVC) will host the No. 6 Tennessee State Tigers (12-17, 9-9 OVC) at 8:30 p.m. The Racers won a close one at home and cruised by 30 against the Tigers on the road. Murray State should roll in this one.

Finally, the No. 2 Austin Peay Governors (17-12, 13-5 OVC) will host the No. 7 Eastern Illinois Panthers (12-17, 8-10 OVC) at 8 p.m. Austin Peay will look to defend their conference championship from 2008. The Governors defeated EIU in both meetings by a combined 22 points.

The semi-finals will take place on Mar. 6 in Nashville. The championship game is Mar. 7 at 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.