The Eastern Kentucky men’s basketball team has been tabbed pre-season to finish near the bottom of a new Ohio Valley Conference division. E-K-U’s women’s team, meanwhile, placed near the top of its division. The OVC is debuting its divisional format this season. The coach and media poll puts the Colonels fifth out of six teams in the East Division. Newcomer Belmont was picked to finish first in the East. Defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Murray State holds down the number one spot in the West Division.
The men open the season November ninth at home against Cincinnati Christian. The E-K-U women’s basketball team is picked to come in second in the East Division. Eastern returns all five starters from a team which reached the conference quarterfinals last March. Tennessee Tech was the top vote getter in the East. The Colonel women will play an exhibition game at home against Georgetown College November second.