Bubble teams got some bad news this afternoon, as Murray State scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to eliminate Eastern Illinois from the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, 5-4. The OVC would have been a sure-fire one-bid league if the top-seeded Panthers had won the automatic bid, but now they’ll have a strong chance to gobble up one of the at-large bids, which hurts teams like Duke and Stanford. The Panthers rank 56th in the Ratings Percentage Index, according to Boyd’s World, so they’re not a regional lock. But with a 36-13 overall record, a regular-season OVC title and a solid nonconference resume, EIU deserves an at-large bid. Here’s betting the committee will recognize that.
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