March Madness: Belmont and Murray State Enjoy Byes During Wednesday's Games

March Madness: Belmont and Murray State Enjoy Byes During Wednesday's Games

The Ohio Valley Conference could argue that they are actually a mid-major with Belmont and Murray State together and an improving Eastern Kentucky. All of the top eight players (see below) on are among the Top 40 low-major players in the country. The rest of the country needs to hope Belmont wins the conference since they will go to the tournament regardless. If Isaiah Canaan and Murray State or any other school can upset Belmont, it would give the OVC two teams and cost a Middle 20 team a spot.

Murray State and Belmont receive a double bye, but 3-seed Eastern Kentucky is slightly better than Murray State based on To follow tournament results click here.

Wednesday 5-seed Morehead State beat 8-seed Tennessee-Martin 73-66 and 6-seed SE Missouri State beat 7-seed Eastern Illinois 78-68. Tennessee Tech also received a bye as a 4-seed.

Conf Rnk Low-Maj Rnk Elite 8 Players/Teams Ohio Valley Ht LM Val Add
1 6 Canaan, Isaiah Murray St. 6-01 10.58
2 7 Clark, Ian Belmont 6-03 10.32
3 12 Dillard, Jud Tennessee Tech 6-05 9.8
4 28 Johnson, Kerron Belmont 6-01 8.77
5 30 Daniel, Ed Murray St. 6-07 8.75
6 31 DiNunno, Mike Eastern Kentucky 5-11 8.72
7 37 Gaines, Tarvin Jacksonville St. 6-06 8.37
8 39 Walden, Corey Eastern Kentucky 6-02 8.24
1 40 Team Rank Belmont    
2 112 Team Rank Eastern Kentucky    
3 153 Team Rank Murray St.    
4 181 Team Rank Tennessee St.    
5 201 Team Rank Jacksonville St.    
6 219 Team Rank Morehead St.    
7 221 Team Rank Southeast Missouri St.    
8 259 Team Rank Eastern Illinois