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Morehead takes on the Richmond for a spot in the Sweet 16 in just about half an hour…here’s 5 reasons the Eagles can topple the A-10 Spiders.

1- Rebounding
We all know Kenneth Faried is the best rebounder in the nation, and as a team, the Eagles average 9 more rebounds than their opponents. The Spiders are not a good rebounding team, averaging 5 less a game than Morehead and 2 less a game than their opponents.

2- Richmond doesn’t force turnovers
Quite possibly, turnovers due to sloppy ball handling are the biggest weakness of the Eagles. Luckily, Richmond only forces 12.5 turnovers a game; Morehead forces over 15. The downside? Richmond only turns the ball over 10 times a game.

Morehead State Forward Kenneth Faried

3- The game should be played at Morehead’s Pace
Why? Because that’s the pace Richmond is used to playing at. Both teams average around 70 points a game. Richmond isn’t going to try and speed up Morehead like Louisville did. It should be comfortable for the guards, which should help reduce turnovers.

4- Morehead is much more rested
I understand these kids are in college, and they don’t need a lot of rest (just ask VCU) but since March 5th, Morehead has only played one game: Thursday against Louisville. Richmond has played 4 since the 11th. This will be their 5th game in 8 days.

5- The dreadlocks
Need I say more?

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OVC Ball
Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24