In the NBA, the playoffs mean "win or go home," but in campus-site tournaments like the OVC's, an opening round victory means "win and go on the road." The winner of this game gets a trip to Nashville to (presumably) play No. 1 seed Murray State on Friday.The Gamecocks feature four double-figure scorers and have won three straight -- as the No. 4 seed, they get to host. Eastern, the defending league champs, have had their struggles (14-15 overall), they finished as one of seven winning OVC teams (11-9). EKU also features my favorite D1 statistical curiosity, sophomore guard Bubba Long
. After toiling for 100 scoreless minutes, Long got his first basket in the Colonels' blowout
of SEMO last weekend. Yay Bubba!