Eastern Kentucky's men's basketball team is one of eight mid-majors with the potential to make a Cinderella run in March, according to Yahoo Sports.
"The Ohio Valley Conference has won at least one NCAA tournament game three of the past four years," Jeff Eisenberg wrote in the article. "The team with the best chance of continuing that success may be little-known Eastern Kentucky."
EKU begins its 2013-14 season on Friday against Florida International at the Kennesaw State Invitational. The Colonels will then play Kennesaw State on Saturday and Youngstown State on Sunday.
"The Colonels return nearly every major contributor from a 25-win team," Eisenberg wrote. "The scoring punch will come from the backcourt, where sharpshooters Glenn Cosey and Corey Walden both space the floor by sinking 40 percent of their attempts from behind the arc. Slashing wings Tarius Johnson, Marcus Lewis and Orlando Williams take advantage of the space with their forays to the rim. They're at their best chance when compensating for a lack of size inside by scoring efficiently and forcing turnovers on the perimeter."
Eastern's first home game is on Nov. 13.
EKU has been picked by several national publications as the favorite in the Ohio Valley Conference. USA Today predicts the Colonels to win the OVC and earn a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Four starters and a total of 13 letter winners return from the 2012-13 squad that won a school record 25 games and posted the second best conference mark at 12-4. The Colonels advanced to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) and picked up the program's first victory in a national postseason tournament game in 68 years.