Media poll shows Belmont as 2017-18 OVC basketball preseason favorites

Media poll shows Belmont as 2017-18 OVC basketball preseason favorites

EVANSVILLE, IN (KFVS) - The Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) has conducted a preseason men's and women's media poll prior to the start of the season.

Here are the media's picks, according to an OVC media release:

2017-18 Media OVC Preseason Men's Predicted Order of Finish
1. Belmont (8 first-place votes) - 148 points
2. Murray State (1) - 138
3. Jacksonville State (2) - 132
4. Tennessee State (1) - 95
5. Eastern Kentucky (1) - 91
6. UT Martin - 82
7. Tennessee Tech - 80
8. Eastern Illinois - 79
9. Morehead State - 59
10. Austin Peay - 48
11. Southeast Missouri - 36
12. SIUE - 26
Preseason Player of the Year: Jonathan Stark, Murray State

2017-18 Media OVC Preseason Women's Predicted Order of Finish
1. Belmont (12 first-place votes) - 155 points
2. UT Martin (1) - 125
3. Morehead State - 119
4. SIUE - 109
5. Murray State - 96
6. Austin Peay - 91
7. Tennessee Tech - 71
8. Southeast Missouri - 66
9. Eastern Kentucky - 57
10. Jacksonville State - 55
11. Tennessee State - 40
12. Eastern Illinois - 30
Preseason Player of the Year: Ke'Shunan James, Murray State

The OVC will release its preseason poll and All-OVC team on Tuesday, October 24 in Evansville.

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