Value Add projects Belmont may fall a little from their 83rd ranking of 351 basketball teams last year, but they still project at 115th, 11 spots ahead of Murray State for the upcoming basketball season. As for preseason Player of the Year it is reversed, with Murray State's Jonathan Stark the best player in the conference, nudging out Dylan Windler of Belmont.
When preseason All-Conference player Ed Stephens scores at home, he may hear the famous Austin Peay chant, "Let's go Peay!"
Here is where Value Add ranks each Ohio Valley team for the season, and the Massey Rankings rank the football teams against all other schools (including the 129 FBS schools. Updates will be provided here.)
|Ohio Valley / 2017 Bid||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
|Jacksonville St. 15||175||101|
|Southeast Missouri St.||304||234|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 Ohio Valley Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Jonathan Stark 2||6.60||Murray St.||`6-00|
|Dylan Windler 3||6.26||Belmont||`6-07|
|Terrell Miller 0||5.90||Murray St.||`6-08|
|Nick Mayo 10||5.60||Eastern Kentucky||`6-09|
|Ed Stephens 1||5.45||Austin Peay||`6-02|
|Byron Hawkins 1||5.38||Murray St.||`6-01|
|Christian Cunningham 31||4.99||Jacksonville St.||`6-07|
|Amanze Egekeze 32||4.91||Belmont||`6-08|
|Denzel Mahoney 34||4.85||Southeast Missouri St.||`6-04|
|Austin Luke 1||4.80||Belmont||`6-03|
|Matthew Butler 1||4.30||Tennessee Martin||`6-02|
|Muusa Dama 25||4.00||Eastern Illinois||`6-09|
|Aleksa Jugovic 4||3.77||Tennessee Tech||`6-03|
|Zach Charles 12||3.71||Eastern Kentucky||`6-07|
|Terrell Lewis 2||3.55||Eastern Illinois||`5-07|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the Ohio Valley 22nd of 32 Division 1 basketball conferences, which will all be previewed here with notes on which schools are now "basketball" or "football" schools based on which program is stronger this season. Football revenue is much higher, but programs are much more expensive between equipment and the requirement of matching enough women's scholarships in other sports. Therefore some programs forgo FBS football programs to focus on low cost basketball programs as their biggest revenue sport.
Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and ESPN have lauded Value Add Basketball for estimating the number of points each college basketball players is worth to his team above a replacement player - similar to baseball WAR (Wins Above Replacement). Massey Ratings is used for the football rankings above.