The regular season is coming to an end for the EKU men’s basketball team and the Colonels are in a must-win situation if they want to make it into the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
Currently the Colonels are in eighth place in the OVC with a record of 12-17 and 5-11 in the conference. Only the top-eight teams are eligible for the conference tournament and if the Colonels lose the last two games of the season, their chances of making it to the postseason will be over.
After a loss to Murray State on Saturday, Feb. 16, senior Nick Mayo said, “We just got to focus on ourselves right now. We all know what we have to do. We have to lock in.”
Eastern will have to focus on finishing close games and limiting turnovers as they round out the season in McBrayer Arena on Thursday against Austin Peay and Saturday against in-state rival Morehead State.
As of Feb. 26, Belmont is leading the OVC with a 14-2 conference record. Austin Peay is tied for third place with a record of 13-3 in the OVC. Morehead St. is standing in sixth place with a record of 7-9. If EKU can defeat both teams this week, the Colonels will be heading to the conference tournament in head coach A.W. Hamilton’s first season. This will also be the first time they have made it to the postseason since the 2014-15 season.
Neither Mayo or Kirkland Humphries have made it to the postseason since they’ve been at EKU, and Hamilton wants to change that.
“We still got a lot to play for,” Hamilton said after the Murray St. game. “We are going to fight like crazy to get into this OVC tournament.”
Mayo and Humphries will be honored during senior night on Saturday when the Colonels host the Eagles.