CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A month ago head women’s basketball coach Kevin McMillan didn’t think his UT Martin Skyhawks would even make the Ohio Valley Conference postseason tournament in Nashville.
That all changed Saturday night when The University of Tennessee at Martin beat Austin Peay, 81-64, and Tennessee State came from behind in the final 10 seconds of the game to beat Eastern Kentucky 69-66.
UT Martin will get the fourth seed and play the winner of Game 1 which will be No. 5 seed Eastern Kentucky and No. 8 seed Murray State. The game is set for noon on Thursday, March 7, at historic Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.
“We need every day off we can get,” McMillan said. By claiming the fourth seed the Skyhawks will play on the second day of the tournament.
The Skyhawks have won five consecutive OVCgames to finish the regular season with an 11-5 league record and a 16-14 overall worksheet. The Skyhawks have a victory over both Eastern Kentucky and Murray State this season.
The Skyhawks have advanced to the OVC Tournament all four years and won the last two league tournaments to advance to the NCAA Tournament under the direction of McMillian, who is now 71-53 at UT Martin.
2013 OVC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
FIRST ROUND - Wednesday, March 6
Game 1 - #5 Eastern Kentucky vs. #8 Murray State - 12 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Game 2 - #6 SIUE vs. #7 Tennessee State - 2 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
QUARTERFINALS - Thursday, March 7
Game 3 - Game 1 winner vs. #4 UT Martin- 12 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Game 4 - Game 2 winner vs. #3 Belmont - 2 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
SEMIFINALS - Friday, March 8
Game 5 - Game 3 winner vs. #1 Eastern Illinois- 12 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 6 - Game 4 winner vs. #2 Tennessee Tech- 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday, March 9
Game 7 - Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner - 1:30 p.m. (ESPN3)