2011 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament occurred March 2, 3, 4, and 5. All tournament games took place at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

2011 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
Season2010–11
Teams8
SiteNashville Municipal Auditorium
Nashville, Tennessee
ChampionsMorehead State (4th title)
Winning coachDonnie Tyndall (2nd title)
TelevisionESPNU, ESPN2
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2010–11 Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Murray State 14 4   .778     23 9   .719
Morehead State 13 5   .722     25 9   .735
Austin Peay 13 5   .722     20 14   .588
Tennessee Tech 12 6   .667     20 13   .606
Tennessee State 10 8   .556     14 16   .467
Eastern Kentucky 9 9   .500     15 16   .484
UT Martin 6 12   .333     12 21   .364
Southeast Missouri State 6 12   .333     10 22   .313
Eastern Illinois 4 14   .222     9 20   .310
Jacksonville State 3 15   .167     5 25   .167
SIU Edwardsville* 0 0       8 21   .276
2011 OVC Tournament winner
As of March 17, 2011
* Ineligible (in transition)
; Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

FormatEdit

The format for the tournament was changed, beginning with the 2011 tournament. Seeding changed to a merit-based system where the No. 1 and 2 seeds receive a double bye to the semifinals while the No. 3 and 4 seeds get a single bye to the quarterfinals (a system that has been used since 2003 in the West Coast Conference). The first round will match up the No. 5/8 and No. 6/7 seeds.[1] The top eight eligible men's basketball teams in the Ohio Valley Conference receive a berth in the conference tournament. After the 18-game conference season, teams were seeded by conference record. The winner earned an automatic berth in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

SeedsEdit

Only eight Ohio Valley schools qualified for the tournament. Teams were seeded by 2010–11 Ohio Valley Conference record, with a tiebreaker system to seed teams with identical conference records.

Through games of Feb. 26, 2011, the seeds are as follows after implementing tiebreakers:

Seed School Conf (Overall) Tiebreaker
#1 Murray State 14–4 (23–7)
#2 Morehead State 13–5 (22–9) 1–1 vs AP
#3 Austin Peay 13–5 (19–12) 1–1 vs MORE
#4 Tennessee Tech 12–6 (18–11)
#5 Tennessee State 10–8 (14–15)
#6 Eastern Kentucky 9–9 (15–15)
#7 Southeast Missouri State 6–12 (9–21)
#8 Tennessee-Martin 6–12 (11–20)
Eastern Illinois 4–14 (9–20)
Jacksonville State 3–15 (5–25)
SIU-Edwardsville 0–0 (8–21)

BracketEdit

First Round
Wednesday, March 2
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 3
Semifinals
Friday, March 4
Championship
Saturday , March 5
5 Tennessee State 64  
8 UT-Martin 68     8 UT-Martin 59  
        4 Tennessee Tech 83  
          4 Tennessee Tech 64  
          1 Murray State 59  
             
             
          4 Tennessee Tech 73
6 Eastern Kentucky 49       2 Morehead State 80
7 SE Missouri State 65     7 SE Missouri State 60  
        3 Austin Peay 76  
          3 Austin Peay 49  
          2 Morehead State 68  
                 
                 
     

OutcomeEdit

Morehead St. defeated Tennessee Tech, 80–73 in the final of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in Nashville. They moved on to their second NCAA tournament in the past three years and fourth overall. In the tournament, they upset Louisville in the first round before losing to Richmond in the second round. The favorite to face Morehead St. in the finals was the #1 seed and their top rival, Murray St., but they lost to Tennessee Tech in semifinals, 64–59.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Field Set for 2011 OVC Men's Basketball Tournament". ovcsports.com. Ohio Valley Conference. 26 February 2011.

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