The Ohio Valley Conference revealed Thursday how its league will be split when divisional play begins next season for men's and women's basketball.
The East Division will include Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech.
The West Division will include Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois, Murray State, Southeast Missouri State, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Tennessee-Martin.
The OVC decided to create two divisions after the addition of Belmont gave the league 12 members, the most it has had since it was formed in 1948.
The sports of softball and volleyball will use schedules based on a divisional format but have yet to determine if those sports will formally recognize divisions. The sports of baseball, women's soccer and men's and women's tennis will not use divisional play because those sports have less than 12 participating teams.
Divisions were created based on factors that included geography, competitive balance and rivalries.
The 2012-13 conference schedules for men's and women's basketball will be released in the coming weeks.
The league is still studying the format for its post-season tournaments.