Location: Morehead, KY
Conference: Ohio Valley
Last Year’s Record: 20-16
Why they’ll make it: After their surprising run through the OVC Tournament and good showing in the Big Dance, the Eagles appear to be ready to take over the conference this year. With a future NBA player in Kenneth Faried returning, there’s a reason to be excited about the upcoming season. Faried is the kind of talent you don’t often see at the low-major level and with talented guards, Maze Stallworth and Demonte Harper, surrounding him, the Eagles are clearly the team to beat in the OVC.
Why they won’t make it: As sure as the sun will come up, Murray State will challenge for the OVC crown. The Racers finished second in the league last season and their top three scorers are back. They’ll continue to be a great defensive team and will be the only team that can contend Faried and Eagles on the boards. If any team in the OVC is going to challenge Morehead St, it’s Murray St.