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The OVC: Horse Eats Eagle

Posted on: March 6, 2010 10:30 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2010 10:37 pm
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C.M. TOMLIN


Here's that up-to-the-second Ohio Valley Conference Tournament news you requested.

If the NCAA Tourney started tomorrow, the bracket -- which some would likely consider endlessly fantastic -- would consist of Cornell, Winthrop, East Tennessee State and Murray. 
 
Unfortunately, this awsomeness is not meant to be, and in the next week we'll see a host of much, much better teams. But for now, the bespectacled underdogs have the podium to themselves.

Tonight, the Murray State Racers finally broke what seemed like one giant two hour tie ballgame in the last minutes to claim their OVC Championship over a tenacious bunch from Morehead State. There's a reason head coach Billy Kennedy was the OVC Coach of the Year. Part of it was because of a 17-1 conference whoopin'. The other is that he figured out how to beat a frothing Morehead team which seemed bound and determined to upset the Racers. The result? A 62-51 victory that was much, much closer than it appears and a minor magic show from a determined Isaiah Canaan with 16 off-the-bench points.

All in all, a good night for Kentucky. UK clinches its 44th SEC title, Louisville offs Syracuse and two OVC greats face-off for a championship. Also, Eastern Kentucky University found an unscratched lottery ticket in a BW3s parking lot.

So welcome to the show, Murray. And guess what? Right now in a pool of your fellow tiny-conference champs, you're the Yankees with your fourteen NCAA Tourney appearances. Jeez, give someone else a chance, will you?


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