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Bracket set for 2013 OVC men's basketball championship

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- The field for the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship has been set on the final day of the regular season. Morehead State is the No. 5 seed and will open on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Belmont will be the No. 1 seed after winning the OVC regular season championship in its first year in the league. Murray State took first place in the West Division and is the No. 2 seed. Under the league's merit-based bracketing system, both teams will receive double byes to Friday's semifinals.

The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds are Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee State. Both of those teams receive a single bye to Thursday's quarterfinals.

The field is rounded out by No. 5 seed Morehead State, No. 6 seed Southeast Missouri, No. 7 seed Eastern Illinois and No. 8 seed UT Martin.

For the third year in a row, all eight men's and eight women's team will play every game of the championship at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The first round will match up the No. 5/8 and No. 6/7 seeds.

This year marks the 19th time in the past 20 years that the tournament has been held in Nashville.

This year is the eighth time the combined men's and women's championship has been held at Municipal Auditorium; the men also held tournaments at Municipal in 1967 and 1989.

This year marks the 50th time the OVC Men's Basketball Championship has been held; the event is the fourth oldest Division I basketball championship tournament.

This year's first round and quarterfinals can be seen for free exclusively on the OVC Digital Network (OVCDigitalNetwork.com), the league's web streaming platform. The games are available on any computer, tablet or smart phone without needing any special downloads, apps or registration.

The first semifinal will air live on ESPNU while the second semifinal will air live on ESPN3 and will be delayed on ESPNU at 1:30 a.m. ET. The championship game will air live on ESPN2.


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