Murray State and Belmont dominated the Ohio Valley during the regular season. As a result, they finished as the top two seeds, receiving double byes into the semifinals. However, that’s been the kiss of death in the OVC Tournament in recent years. A top two seed hasn’t won the OVC title since Belmont back in the 2012-13 season. Let’s take a look at this year’s field to see if that trend will continue.

2018 OVC Conference Tournament

Eight of the 12 OVC teams make the tournament. Despite finishing in ninth place, SIU-Edwardsville actually qualified because seventh place South East Missouri State was ineligible (APR violations). All games will be played at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. Murray State is currently listed as the favorite.

Let’s dive into the Ohio Valley tourney bracket by looking at the top contenders and a potential deep sleeper. I will also touch on ATS predictions for the first round matchups.

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