2020 Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball tournament: Matchups, players to know & more

The 2020 Ohio Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament will determine which team gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The tournament is set to begin March 4 and run through March 7, taking place at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.

Eight of the conference’s 12 teams make the tournament.

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Here is the schedule of the Ohio Valley tournament.

MARCH 4 – FIRST ROUND

No. 5 Tennessee State def. No. 8 Morehead State, 74-67 (OT).

No. 6 Eastern Illinois def. No. 7 Jacksonville State, 67-61.

MARCH 5 – QUARTERFINALS

No. 4 Eastern Kentucky def. No. 5 Tennessee State, 58-48.

No. 3 Austin Peay def. No. 6 Eastern Illinois, 76-65.

MARCH 6 – SEMIFINALS

No. 1 Belmont vs. No. 4 Eastern Kentucky, 60-50.

No. 2 Murray State def. No. 3 Austin Peay, 73-61.

MARCH 7 – CHAMPIONSHIP

No. 1 Belmont def. No. 2 Murray State, 76-75.

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OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

5 PLAYERS TO KNOW

TERRY TAYLOR, AUSTIN PEAY: Terry Taylor was named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year for the 2019-20 season. The junior guard averaged 21.4 points and 10.8 rebounds during the year.

GRAYSON MURPHY, BELMONT: Grayson Murphy was named the Defensive Player of the Year.  He averaged 9.8 points and 2.7 steals per game for the Bruins.

TEVIN BROWN, MURRAY STATE: Tevin Brown helped Murray State to a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. Brown averaged 17.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists during the season.

JOMARU BROWN: EASTERN KENTUCKY: Jomaru Brown was among those who earned All-Conference honors. Brown averaged 18.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game during the season.

JOSIAH WALLACE, EASTERN ILLINOIS: Josiah Wallace was one of the top players on Eastern Illinois. The Panthers guard averaged 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds during the season.

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2019 CHAMPION

Murray State is the defending OVC champion. The Racers beat out Belmont last year behind future NBA player Ja Morant.