Franklin, Tenn. - The Ohio Valley Conference held its annual basketball media day on Oct. 23 in preparation for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
The event allowed both the men's and women's coaches from each respective school to address media members about the upcoming year, and for the conference to release its preseason rankings and awards.
In the conference's predicted order of finish, Tennessee State was tabbed to finish second in the Eastern Division behind newcomer Belmont.
"I don't put too much into the rankings," Head Coach Travis Williams said. "I think when it is all said and done... it's the result at the end of the season [that really matters]."
Belmont picked up 21 of the 24 first-place votes and 131 points to be picked as the East Division favorites. Tennessee State was tabbed second and received the other three first-place votes and 109 points. The East was rounded out by Tennessee Tech (87), Morehead State (77) and Eastern Kentucky (56). Due to a NCAA APR penalty, Jacksonville State is ineligible for the OVC and NCAA Tournaments this season and was not included in the preseason voting.
Defending OVC Champions Murray State was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the league's West Division
The inclusion of Tennessee State senior forward Robert Covington (17.8 points, 7.9 rebounds per game) and junior guard Patrick Miller (10.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game) on the Preseason All-OVC Team was also a major highlight for the Tigers.
"[Having two players on the Preseason All-OVC Team] says a lot about what the program has been able to accomplish in the past few years," Williams said. "It also says a lot about [Covington and Miller] because they have put in the work."
The Tigers begin the season on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. with a home exhibition game against Trevecca Nazarene before traveling to Provo, Utah for a date with the BYU Cougars on Nov. 9.
See the video below for William's thoughts on his first OVC Media Day.
2012-13 OVC Predicted Order of Finish
1. Belmont (21 first-place votes) - 131
2. Tennessee State (3) - 109
3. Tennessee Tech - 87
4. Morehead State - 77
5. Eastern Kentucky - 56
- Jacksonville State - n/a
1. Murray State (22 first-place votes) - 132
2. Southeast Missouri (2) - 108
3. Austin Peay - 92
4. SIUE - 73
5. Eastern Illinois - 49
6. UT Martin - 38
6 points awarded for a first-place vote, 5 for second, etc. - Coaches and SID's could not vote for their own teams. Note: Due to a NCAA APR penalty, Jacksonville State is not eligible for the OVC or NCAA Tournaments and was not ranked.
2012-13 Preseason All-OVC Team
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Ian Clark, Belmont
Robert Covington, Tennessee State
Ed Daniel, Murray State
Jud Dillard, Tennessee Tech
Kerron Johnson, Belmont
Patrick Miller, Tennessee State
Marland Smith, Southeast Missouri
Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri
Mark Yelovich, SIUE
Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
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