OVC tournament bracket set with predictions

Photo courtesy of Belmont University.

The Ohio Valley Conference postseason tournament championship bracket is now set for 2021.

The bracket is set for the 2021 OVC championships with the Belmont Bruins taking the No.1 seed following a 24-3 regular season.

Morehead State will be the No.2 seed after a 2020-21 season that saw them go 20-7 which included an upset win over Belmont on the final game of the regular season.

This tournament marks the 58th time the OVC Men’s Basketball Championship has been played and it’s also the fourth-oldest Division I basketball championship held. All games will be played at the Ford Centre in Evansville, Indiana.

Here is how the OVC bracket will set up:

First Round – Wednesday, March 3
Game 1 – No.1 Belmont vs. No.8 SIUE, 7:00 p.m.
Game 2 – No.2 Morehead State vs. No.7 Southeast Missouri, 9:30 p.m.

First Round – Thursday, March 4
Game 3 – No.4 Jacksonville State vs. No.5 Murray State, 7:00 p.m.
Game 4 – No.3 Eastern Kentucky vs. No.6 Austin Peay, 9:30 p.m.

Semifinals – Friday, March 5
Game 5 – Game 1 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner, 7:00 p.m.
Game 6 – Game 2 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 9:30 p.m. (ESP

Championship – Saturday, March 6
Game 7 – Semifinal Winners, 7:00 p.m.

Predictions for the winner: Just one week ago, predicting the winner of the OVC tournament would have been very easy. Belmont had won 21 straight games but they are now backing into the postseason having lost back to back games for the first time all season.

I’m picking Eastern Kentucky to win the OVC and go dancing in March. EKU went 21-6 on the season and were quietly one of the best mid-major teams in college basketball. They beat Belmont comfortably just two days ago so they’re trending upward at the right time.