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2020 Ohio Valley Preview: Jacksonville State Leads Again

Season Preview

Jim Case’s Jacksonville State squad reached the NCAA tournament last season by winning the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. Now, the Gamecocks, the league favorite, look to emulate that success this spring. While the Gamecocks lead the charge, Eastern Kentucky, Belmont and Austin Peay are worth watching.

Morehead State and Tennessee Tech usher in new coaches with the Eagles welcoming former Notre Dame head coach Mik Aoki and TTU welcoming former Baylor head coach and Auburn assistant Steve Smith. There are plenty of other fresh faces in the OVC, too.

Our conference preview includes:

 

Projected Standings

Bold indicates 2019 regional team, and records are from 2019. Teams are listed in order of projected 2020 finish.

 RecordOverall
Jacksonville State22-839-23
Eastern Kentucky16-1432-27
Austin Peay19-1132-25
Belmont18-1227-30
Morehead State19-1140-21
Tennessee Tech9-2122-32
Murray State16-1424-30
SEMO10-2023-32
Tennessee-Martin12-1825-31
SIU Edwardsville11-1919-32
Eastern Illinois13-1726-30

Projected Regional Team (1): Jacksonville State

Player of the Year: Alex Webb, C, Jacksonville State

Pitcher of the Year: Isaiah Magwood, RHP, Jacksonville State

Freshman of the Year: Preston Salazar, RHP/DH, SIU-Edwardsville

 

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