Eastern Kentucky University is well on its way to winning its fifth straight Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup, holding an 11-point lead in the standings after the fall season.
The OVC Commissioner's Cup is a symbol of overall athletic excellence in conference-sponsored championships. EKU has won four straight and five of the previous six Commissioner’s Cups.
Through five completed fall sports, Eastern Kentucky has compiled 51 points. Murray State currently sits in second place with 40.5 points.
Under the scoring system, schools are required to count point totals for four specific sports – football, volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball – along with their next eight highest point totals from the remaining sports. Belmont, Morehead State and Southern Illinois Edwardsville, which do not compete in OVC football, count baseball as one of its four required sports.
In the two required sports that were completed in the fall, Eastern Kentucky earned 16.5 points, the third highest total by any school. Conference championships by the men’s and women’s cross country teams, and a tie for second place by the soccer team allowed EKU to add 34.5 more points to its total.
The final OVC Commissioner’s Cup standings will be released in May when all sports have completed their seasons. The award will be officially presented to the winner at the league's annual Honors Brunch in Nashville.
Last year, Eastern Kentucky finished with 106.75 points, edging second-place Murray State (106.5) and third-place Belmont University (106.375) by less than half a point. It marked the closest margin of victory under the nine-year old scoring system.
Prior to the Commissioner's Cup being instituted in 2008-09, the Colonels won an OVC-record 15 Men's All-Sport Championships and seven Women's All-Sport Championships.
The current points system for scoring is as follows. For all sports (except rifle, men's indoor and men's outdoor track - which have fewer participating teams), the first place team earns 12 points, the second place team earns 11 points, etc. For rifle, men's indoor and men's outdoor track and field, the first-place team earns 12 points and subsequent point increments are calculated by dividing the total number of OVC member institutions by the number of institutions sponsoring the sport (for rifle that number is 2.4 less, for men's indoor track that number is 2.0 less and for men's outdoor track that number is 1.75 less). The scoring system also includes a bonus point for the winner of OVC Tournaments (soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, softball and baseball).
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