MSU Men’s Basketball closes historic season with NCAA Tournament appearance


Morehead State University’s Men’s Basketball Team capped off a historic 2020-21 season with both an Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.    

Ten years and one day after winning the OVC Tournament Championship, the men’s basketball program staked its claim again to the conference title. After facing top-seeded Belmont for the second time in a week (after defeating the Bruins in overtime), the Eagles led from wire to wire, knocking off Belmont 86-71 at the Ford Center and punched its ticket to its eighth NCAA Tournament.    

The Eagle squad made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in a decade. While it wasn’t the result the men’s basketball program had hoped for, the Eagles fought to the finish in a physical battle with West Virginia University in the NCAA Tournament first round at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Mountaineers eventually pulled away in the end to hand the Eagles an 84-67 defeat.    

MSU saw its season conclude at 23-8. The season included many accolades and memories, including the tourney title and the most conference wins in program history – all in an uncertain year where doing everything the right way led MSU to be one of only a small handful of teams to play 31 total games.   

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