The Governors had a 16-4 record in the conference a year ago according to basketball betting numbers. College basketball betting odds experts see that after Austin Peay it is likely that Tennessee Tech and Eastern Kentucky will contend. Many basketball betting experts also think that Murray State will be a factor. Southeast Missouri will probably be next in the conference followed by Tennessee State, Samford, Eastern Illinois, Jacksonville State, Morehead State and UT Martin.
|Austin Peay||Se mo State|
|Eastern Illinois||Tenn Martin|
|Jacksonville St||Tenn Tech|
|Morehead State||Tennessee State|
College basketball betting odds experts see that Austin Peay returns all five starters from last year. They lost in the OVC Tournament Championship game but played in the NIT. They will attempt to become the first team to repeat as OVC champions since they accomplished the feat in 2002-03 and 2003-04 according to college basketball betting odds experts. College basketball betting odds experts know that they are led by Preseason Player of the Year Drake Reed. He averaged 15.8 points per game according to college basketball betting odds stats. The team also returns senior Fernandez Lockett, a second-team All-OVC selection last season who led the league in rebounding according to basketball betting stats.
Eastern Kentucky returns eight players and three starters from last season’s OVC Tournament Championship team. Junior guard Mike Rose and sophomore guard Adam Leonard lead Eastern Kentucky according to college basketball betting odds experts. Tennessee Tech reached the semifinals of the OVC Tournament a year ago as college basketball betting odds experts remember. Second-year head coach Billy Kennedy will have Murray State ready to get back in the race according to basketball betting experts. The Races have three starters and nine total players with experience returning according to college basketball betting odds experts. They include preseason All-OVC selection Bruce Carter at guard, as well as senior guard Ray George and junior guard Tyler Holloway.
Southeast Missouri has four starters back according to college basketball betting odds experts including preseason All-OVC selection Brandon Foust. Tennessee State return shooter Ladarious Weaver (93 3-pointers a year ago according to college basketball betting odds experts) and point guard Reiley Ervin. Samford, in its last year in the Conference before departing for the Southern after this season, has seven players (three starters) back according to college basketball betting odds experts.