Sunday, February 14, 2010

JSU is in OVC field

The Jacksonville State men's basketball team did qualify for the OVC Tournament for the first time since 2006 Saturday.

When Tennessee State beat Austin Peay Saturday night, it was thought the Gamecocks would have to wait another day to lock up their spot. Instead, when Southeast Missouri lost to Morehead State Saturday night, it was the Redhawks who became the second team that mathematically can not catch JSU in the standings.

The Gamecocks are 7-8 in the OVC with three games to play, starting with Monday's game at Austin Peay. SEMO fell to 3-12 with Saturday's loss and now cannot finish with any more than six league wins. UT Martin had been eliminated from catching the Gamecocks long ago.

TSU's upset left it 3-11 in the league and with four OVC games to play, it can finish with as many as seven league wins.

Eight of the league's 10 eligible teams make the conference tournament, so JSU fans can start making their tournament reservations.

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