FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Despite returning just six players to the 2012-13 squad, the Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team still managed to earn some respect from the rest of the Ohio Valley Conference Tuesday morning at the league's annual Media Day. The Golden Eagles who lost a total of eight players from last year’s team were picked to finish third in the newly developed East division.
The Ohio Valley Conference will introduce divisional play for the first time in 2012-13, a move made following the addition of Belmont to the conference over the summer. The two divisions, the East and the West, are comprised of six teams. The preseason voting for both predicted order of finish and preseason All-OVC was performed by the OVC head men’s basketball coaches and sports information directors. Coaches and SID’s were not allowed to vote for their own teams or players.
Competing in the East Division, in order of predicted finish, will be preseason favorite Belmont, who earned 21 first-place votes, Tennessee State (3 first-place votes), Tennessee Tech, Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky. Jacksonville State, the sixth and final member of the East Division, is ineligible for the OVC and NCAA Tournaments this season due to an NCAA APR penalty, therefore, they were not included in the preseason voting.
Murray State, the defending OVC regular and tournament
champions, led the West Division in voting, garnering 22 of 24
first-place votes. Following the Racers was Southeast Missouri with
the other two first-place tallies. The West was rounded out by
Austin Peay, SIU Edwardsville, Eastern Illinois, and UT Martin.
Men’s Basketball Predicted Order of Finish
Selected by OVC Head Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors
Order of Finish Points
1. Belmont (21 first-place votes) 131
2. Tennessee State (3) 109
3. Tennessee Tech 87
4. Morehead State 77
5. Eastern Kentucky 56
– Jacksonville State N/A
1. Murray State (22) 132
2. Southeast Missouri (2) 108
3. Austin Peay 92
4. SIU Edwardsville 73
5. Eastern Illinois 49
6. UT Martin 38
6 points awarded for a first-place vote, 5 for second, etc. – Coaches and SID’s could not vote for their own teams
Note: Due to a NCAA APR penalty, Jacksonville State is not eligible for the OVC or NCAA Tournaments and was not ranked.