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Men's Basketball Opens Tournament with Tennessee Tech

Men's Basketball Opens Tournament with Tennessee Tech

2018 OVC Men's Tournament Bracket

OVC Championship Tournament Central

The field for the 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship Presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com has been set after the final day of the regular season.

SIUE, the No. 8 seed will open play with a first-round contest against No. 5 seed Tennessee Tech Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Murray State will be the No. 1 seed after winning its record 25th OVC regular season championship. The Racers finished 16-2 in OVC play, are 24-5 overall and have won 11-straight games entering the postseason. Belmont, who had been the top seed each of the past two years, will be the No. 2 seed after finishing 15-3 in league play. The Bruins are 23-8 overall on the season. The Racers and Bruins each receive double byes to the semifinals of the tournament and will open play on Friday night.

Austin Peay, the 2016 tournament champions, earned the No. 3 seed while defending champion Jacksonville State will be the No. 4 seed. Both of those teams receive a single bye to Thursday's quarterfinals.

The field is rounded out No. 5 seed Tennessee Tech, No. 6 seed Tennessee State, No. 7 seed Eastern Illinois and No. 8 seed SIUE.

Since 2011 the men's bracket has used a merit-based system that gives the No. 1 and 2 seeds a double bye to the semifinals while the No. 3 and 4 seeds get a single bye to the quarterfinals. The first round will match up the No. 5/8 and No. 6/7 seeds.

This year marks the first time the event has been held at the Ford Center, which opened in 2011 and is located in the core of Evansville's downtown district.

2018 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship Presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com (Ford Center - Evansville, Indiana)

First Round - Wednesday, February 28
Game 1 - #5 Tennessee Tech vs. #8 SIUE - 6:30 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Game 2 - #6 Tennessee State vs. #7 Eastern Illinois - 8:30 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)

Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 1
Game 3 - #4 Jacksonville State vs. Game 1 Winner - 6:30 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Game 4 - #3 Austin Peay vs. Game 2 Winner - 8:30 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)

Semifinals - Friday, March 2
Game 5 - #1 Murray State vs. Game 3 winner, 7:00 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 6 - #2 Belmont vs. Game 4 winner, 9:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Championship - Saturday, March 3

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