UPDATE: Mark Adams on the OVC

Lead analyst Mark Adams previews the Ohio Valley (click here for final bracket):

Belmont threw the OVC race into turmoil! Upsetting the Murray State Racers on Saturday night in one of the best games of the season, Belmont clinched its seventh NCAA  Tournament berth.  The question is – will the NCAA Tournament committee see past this loss and give Murray a good at-large bid?




Murray State

Quality win: Western Kentucky


  • Cameron Payne is a top-25 scorer at nearly 20 per game and has been a top-25 assist guy as well. He is the best player on the best team in the OVC and likely to get looks from the pros. Payne leads four players averaging in double figures. Jarvis Williams is also an athletic weapon for coach Steve Prohm’s Racers.


  • Hard to fault much of anything.


Mark Adams

Mark Adams

Mark Adams is a college basketball analyst for American Sports Network and on the ESPN family of networks. Adams was a college basketball coach for 17 years who was known as a program rebuilder. During those years, he took over programs that were a combined 28-54 (.341) in the season prior to his arrival compared to his combined final season record at those same three schools of 59-32 (.648). In addition to his coaching career, Adams was the director of athletics at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. In his spare time, Adams has written eight books, most recently, “Why We Win- Followership and Leadership Strategies for Team Success,” “Redwoods- Spread Your Roots and Coach Your Team to Success!” “Winning in Overtime: Championship Sales Strategies From a Championship Coach!” and two children’s stories titled: “Bucky’s Best Friend” and “A Boy Named Bucky.” Adams is a national motivational speaker, published author, business consultant and was recently inducted into the Rocky Mountain College athletic Ring of Honor. Basketball Coaching Experience 1991-96: Head Coach, Central Connecticut State University (led country in blocked shots 1995 and 1996 1989-91: Assistant Coach, Washington State University 1985-89: Head Coach, Western Oregon University, (West Division Champions) 1982-85: Head Coach, Rocky Mountain College, Montana, (NAIA National Tournament Bid) 1979-82: Assistant Coach, Idaho State University under Lynn Archibald