October 24, 2017

OVC Media Day Stream on OVC Digital Network

2017-18 OVC Men's Basketball Preseason Release

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Skyhawk Guard Matthew Butler Named to 11-man Preseason All-OVC Squad

Two years ago, UT Martin finished first place in the West Division with a 10-6 record and advanced to the OVC Tournament Championship game for the first time while winning 20 overall games. Prior to last season, former associate head coach Anthony Stewart took over the head coaching duties and the program did not miss a step in once again going 10-6 in OVC play, advancing to the OVC title game for the second-straight year and finishing the season with 22 overall wins. Overall UTM reached the 20-win plateau for the third-straight season, a first in school history. This season Stewart has just four players returning from 2016-17. Among the returning players is Preseason All-OVC selection Matthew Butler who averaged 13.7 points, 3.7 assists and 2.9 rebounds/game after transferring from Rhode Island.

2017-18 OVC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll

1. Belmont (18 first-place votes) – 235 points

2. Jacksonville State (3) - 213

3. Murray State (3) - 212

4. Eastern Kentucky - 139

5. Tennessee Tech - 137

6. Eastern Illinois - 135

7. Tennessee State - 125

8. UT Martin - 114

9. Morehead State - 89

10. Southeast Missouri - 82

11. Austin Peay - 63

12. SIUE - 40   


2017-18 Preseason All-OVC Men’s Basketball Team

Matthew Butler, UT Martin                                            

Malcolm Drumwright, Jacksonville State                        

Amanze Egekeze, Belmont                                           

Norbertas Giga, Jacksonville State                                

Asante Gist, Eastern Kentucky                                      

Aleksa Jugovic, Tennessee Tech                                  

Austin Luke, Belmont                                                    

Denzel Mahoney, Southeast Missouri                            

Nick Mayo, Eastern Kentucky                                        

Terrell Miller, Murray State                                            

Jonathan Stark, Murray State


Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Jonathan Stark, Murray State