OVC ready to make "Basketball Enrichment" distributions


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When the Ohio Valley Conference's fiscal year ends on June 30th, the conference will make their second-annual payments to member schools as part of their "Basketball Enrichment Plan."  Last spring, the league's board of presidents agreed to give out up to $500,000 annually to each of the conference schools.  That money is a portion of the extra revenue earned from recent wins in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Money is given out when schools meet one or more of six criteria:
- Overall RPI
- Improvement in RPI (three-year rolling average)
- Increase in Division I wins from the previous year (three-year rolling average)
- Division I non-conference wins (three-year rolling average)
- OVC tournament or regular season championships in the last four years
- 40% of non-conference games being played at home or neutral sites 
SIU Edwardsville's share is lower due to their recent transition to being a full-fledged Division I program.
WPSD has attained a list of this year's payouts.  Last year's distributions for each school will be in parentheses.  Belmont didn't receive money for the 2011-12 season since they were not yet members of the Ohio Valley Conference.
Belmont: $76,036 (N/A)
Eastern Kentucky: $67,580 ($35,269)
Murray State: $65,388 ($106,214)
Tennessee State: $61,698 ($70,874)
Jacksonville State: $58,170 ($37,710)
SE Missouri State: $50,249 ($43,211)
Eastern Illinois: $25,717 ($21,047)
UT Martin: $23,287 ($15,735)
Morehead State: $23,105 ($47,536)
Austin Peay: $21,862 ($28,703)
Tennessee Tech: $17,367 ($64,657)
SIU Edwardsville: $9,541 ($13,037)
Murray State's money dropped off considerably, but that was to be expected.  After going 31-2 in 2011-12, it was going to be difficult to maintain their lofty RPI and wins total from that season in 2012-13 -- and that's why the drop-off happened.
Eastern Kentucky made the biggest leap from last year under the enrichment plan. The Colonels did that by improving from 14 to 23 Division I wins and seeing their RPI jump from 226 in 2011-12 to 69 in 2012-13.
Murray State Athletics Director Allen Ward says his share of the money will most likely go toward buying a "guarantee game" for the Racers -- which would give Steve Prohm another home game for next season.
Calls to UT Martin Athletics Director Phil Dane were not returned.
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