2012 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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2012 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Classification Division I
Season 2011–12
Teams 8
Site Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Nashville, Tennessee
Champions Murray State (15th title)
Winning coach Steve Prohm (1st title)
MVP Donte Poole (Murray State)
Television ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN2
Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournaments
«2011  2013»
2011–12 Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#12 Murray State 15 1   .938     31 2   .939
Tennessee State 11 5   .688     20 13   .606
Morehead State 10 6   .625     18 15   .545
Tennessee Tech 9 7   .563     19 14   .576
Southeast Missouri State 9 7   .563     15 16   .484
Austin Peay 8 8   .500     12 20   .375
Jacksonville State 8 8   .500     15 18   .455
Eastern Kentucky 7 9   .438     16 16   .500
*SIU Edwardsville 6 10   .375     10 17   .370
Eastern Illinois 5 11   .313     12 17   .414
Tennessee–Martin 0 16   .000     4 27   .129
2012 Ohio Valley Conference tournament winner
As of March 15, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll
* Ineligible for conference tournament

The 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament began on February 29 and ended on March 3 with Murray State claiming the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. All games were held at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.[1]

Format[edit]

The format for the tournament was changed, beginning with the 2011 tournament. Seeding changed to a merit-based system where the No. 1 and 2 seeds received a double bye to the semifinals while the No. 3 and 4 seeds earned a single bye to the quarterfinals (a system that has been used since 2003 in the West Coast Conference). The first round matched the No. 5/8 and No. 6/7 seeds[2] The top eight eligible men's basketball teams in the Ohio Valley Conference received berths in the conference tournament. After the 16-game conference season, teams were seeded by conference record. The winner earns an automatic berth in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

SIU Edwardsville was ineligible for the conference tournament, due to its transition to Division I.

Seeds[edit]

The top eight qualified for the tournament. Teams were seeded by record within the conference, with a tiebreaker system to seed teams with identical conference records.

Seed School Conf (Overall) Tiebreaker
#1 Murray State 15–1 (28–1)
#2 Tennessee State 11–5 (19–11)
#3 Morehead State 10–6 (18–14)
#4 Tennessee Tech 9–7 (19–12) 1–0 vs SEMO
#5 SE Missouri State 9–7 (15–16) 0–1 vs TT
#6 Austin Peay 8–8 (12–20) 1–0 vs JSU
#7 Jacksonville State 8–8 (15–18) 0–1 vs AP
#8 Eastern Kentucky 7–9 (16–16)

Bracket[edit]

First Round
Wednesday, February 29
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 1
Semifinals
Friday, March 2
Championship Game
Saturday , March 3
5  SE Missouri State 75  
8  Eastern Kentucky 65     5  SE Missouri State 73  
         4  Tennessee Tech 77  
           4  Tennessee Tech 58  
           1  Murray State 78  
               
               
           1  Murray State 54
6  Austin Peay 70       2  Tennessee State 52
7  Jacksonville State 75     7  Jacksonville State 54  
         3  Morehead State 68  
           3  Morehead State 52  
           2  Tennessee State 59  
                    
                    
      

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Bracket" (PDF). Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Field Set for 2011 OVC Men's Basketball Tournament". ovcsports.com. Ohio Valley Conference. February 26, 2011.