We have a rubber match in the Ohio Valley Conference tonight as Eastern Kentucky and Belmont square off in the championship game. Will the Bruins be dancing for the fourth straight year or will Eastern Kentucky pull off the upset?
Today served as a perfect demonstration of why Rick Byrd's Belmont squad is clearly the best team in this conference... and why Murray State's Cameron Payne is going to be a ridiculously good player for quite a while - but not just yet.
There were few surprises on the first night of action, as the two teams we expected to struggle the most did, and the game results followed suit. The Golden Eagles and Redhawks will both fly on to play another day.
Can JJ Mann and the Belmont Bruins charge to another conference title and their fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance? Or will Cameron Payne, Glenn Cosey and others succeed in snatching their bid away?