EKU Men Vie for OVC Basketball Championship

Mar 8, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky's men's basketball team will attempt to win the program's sixth Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship, and earn the NCAA Tournament bid that comes with it, on Saturday against No. 1 seed Belmont University.

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The game will air live on ESPN2. Tipoff at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

The third seeded Colonels (23-9, 11-5 OVC) are making their first championship game appearance since winning it in 2007. The Bruins (24-8, 14-2 OVC) are playing in the title match for the second straight year.

The live radio broadcast is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com. The game will also air on national and satellite (Sirius 93/XM 194) radio courtesy of Westwood One.

EKU is coming off an 86-83 victory over No. 2 seed Murray State in the semifinals on Friday. This will be the Colonels' third game in three days. Belmont beat fourth seeded Morehead State, 86-63, on Friday. The Bruins had a double bye and will be playing for the second time in as many days.

Eastern Kentucky beat No. 1 seed Austin Peay, 63-62, to win the 2007 OVC Tournament championship. This is EKU's 12th appearance in the title game.

The two teams split the regular season series. The Colonels won 74-63 in Richmond and the Bruins earned an 84-81 victory in Nashville. In two games, both teams are 18-of-54 from three-point range.

Belmont (80.4 ppg) and Eastern Kentucky (79.0 ppg) are the second and third highest scoring teams in the OVC. EKU is second in scoring defense (70.6 ppg), the Bruins are seventh (74.2 ppg). Eastern is 16-0 this season when holding opponents under 70 points.

The Bruins lead the OVC in shooting (50.7 percent). EKU is third (48.9 percent). Eastern Kentucky (38.7 percent) and Belmont (39.9 percent) are the two best three-point shooting teams in the league.

Glenn Cosey (18.7 ppg) is fourth in the OVC in scoring. Belmont's JJ Mann (18.3 ppg) is fifth. In two tournament games, EKU has made 40-of-60 attempts (66.7 percent) from inside the arc. Corey Walden is 13-of-15 (86.7 percent) from two-point range.

Eastern Kentucky's 23 wins in 2013-14 are the second most wins ever in one season for the program. The school record of 25 was set last year.

The Colonels are on a season-best six game winning streak. Eastern had won four in a row twice this season. EKU had a six-game and a nine-game winning streak last year. Belmont has won seven in a row.