OVC Tournament tips off at the Ford Center

OVC Tournament tips off at the Ford Center

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - College basketball fans are making their way to downtown Evansville as the Ohio Valley Conference tournament tips off at the Ford Center.

The Ford Center has now played host to the OVC basketball tournament for the third straight year.

The OVC women’s tournament is officially underway after No. 1 seeded Tennessee-Martin kicked things off with an 88-33 victory over No. 8 seeded Murray State on Wednesday afternoon.

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The men’s side of the bracket will open their games with No. 5 seeded Tennessee State taking on No. 8 seeded Morehead State on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

With the OVC Tournament now in its third year here, it’s drawn some famous faces and famous players, like NBA rookie sensation JA Morant.

14 Sports caught up with Evansville Sports Corp’s Eric Marvin to see how names like that can continue to draw fans this year.

“Selling more tickets then we sold for last year, a record-breaking year is a great start - a lot of those are Murray fans of course," said Marvin. "We’ve got some great games lined up tonight, and then Thursday night as well. I think we’re in good shape to potentially break where we ended up the year before that which is great. This event generally brings about 10,000 fans out and we’re hopeful that this year we could do that, potentially.”

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