Ohio Valley Tournament 2012: Quarterfinals Begin Thursday

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Ohio Valley Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Southeast Missouri, Jacksonville State Advance To Quarterfinals

The 2012 Ohio Valley Conference tournament got underway on Wednesday night, as No. 5 seed Southeast Missouri faced off against No. 8 seed Eastern Kentucky and No. 6 seed Austin Peay met No. 7 seed Jacksonville State.

Related: Ohio Valley Tournament 2012: Schedule And Bracket Finalized

In the first game of the night, Southeast Missouri defeated Eastern Kentucky 75-65. Eastern Kentucky rallied late and closed an 11-point deficit to six with about two minutes remaining, but that was as close as the Colonels would get, and SEMO had a relatively stress-free final minute as it closed out the game. Marland Smith scored 20 points to lead the Redhawks.

Southeast Missouri will play No. 4 seed Tennessee Tech at 6:00 p.m. CT on Thursday.

Jacksonville State prevailed 75-70 over Austin Peay in the second game, overcoming a late three-point deficit in the process. The teams were tied at 70 when Jacksonville State's Brian Williams hit a three-pointer with 33 seconds left. He would add a fast break layup later to seal the win for JSU. Williams led the team with 18 points.

Southeast Missouri will play No. 3 seed Morehead State at 8:00 p.m. CT on Thursday.

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Ohio Valley Tournament 2012: Action Begins On Wednesday

The 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament begins on Wednesday with the first round's two scheduled games. Of the 11 teams in the conference, only the eight with the best in-conference win-loss records qualify for the tournament, with half of those teams receiving byes.

On Wednesday, No. 5 seed SE Missouri State plays No. 8 seed Eastern Kentucky, and No. 6 seed Austin Peay faces No. 7 seed Jacksonville State. The winners of those two respective games will go on to face either No. 3 seed Morehead State or No. 4 seed Tennessee Tech in the quarterfinals.

The conference's top two seeds, No. 1 Murray State and No. 2 Tennessee State, both receive byes into the semifinals. Both teams need just a single victory to reach the tournament's final round after having the most success in the regular season.

Murray State is far and away the favorite to win the tournament, as the team is currently ranked No. 12 in the nation after losing just one game during the regular season. That loss came against Tennessee State, though, so they presumably have their eyes set on a potential re-match.

For the complete bracket and schedule, you can click here. For more on college basketball, you can check out SB Nation's college basketball hub.

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Ohio Valley Tournament 2012: Schedule And Bracket Finalized

Here's the bracket for the Ohio Valley Tournament.

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