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I’m putting out a search party for Tennessee State’s offense. If anyone sees it, immediately call the Tigers, because they miss it dearly. Though 2 games this year, the Tigers have only scored 86 points.

SEMO just put up 90 tonight against Harris Stowe.

Murray State just put up 80 against a good Division I team on the road.

Scoring isn’t everything. Defense wins championships and all that.

But 43 PPG isn’t going to cut it. You’re not going to keep team below 45 very often.

And this team they played tonight is the definition of depleted.

Here’s the Final Word on tonight’s games:

[Murray State 80, Morgan State 69] Dear Racers, sorry for calling out the offense in my previous “What I learned.” But I’m not sorry for calling out Latreze Mushatt, who has yet to arrive in 2 games. But when you’re starting 5 plays this well, (Ed Daniel aside) you can afford just 8 points off the bench.
[Tennessee State 49, Western Kentucky 52] 35% shooting from the field in 2 games. You’re getting beat on the boards, committing over 20 turnovers a game. It’s very early in the season, and you did force 25 turnovers against Western. Double-double from Robert Covington is encouraging.
[SIU Edwardsville 46, Illinois 66] Let me get this straight…you won the turnover battle (by 7), hit 8 three’s, and lose by 20. Doesn’t help you got out rebounded by 20, or that while hitting 8 three’s is good, only hitting 9 two-point baskets isn’t. I’ve said it before, I don’t know where the scoring comes from. After tonight, I still don’t.
[Harris Stowe 65, SEMO 90] Don’t read too much into this, don’t forget Murray State beat the Hornets soundly just last week. But you are averaging 81 points a game. Good to see Leon Powell back (and 8-for-8) and Tyler Stone has really stepped up, as has freshman Nino Johnson. But where are the guards? Marcus Brister played well. No other guard has.
[Eastern Kentucky 50, Presbyterian 78] I said I wasn’t sold on the Colonels yet, and was somewhat validated in that thought tonight. 1 of 19 from 3. 4 assists for the team. But, this team might be the best ball control team in the OVC, with only 12 turnovers tonight. They’ve got to find some consistency.

  1. Basher:
    1 of 19 from three for Eastern, wow. That's brutal.

    Racers sounded pretty good by all accounts and never really let Morgan State back in after the early lead. The Bears have a really good home record and I'll think they could easily be an NCAA Tournament team this season. Mushatt did get limited minutes and had 3 fouls, so maybe one more pass? I think he has the body/skills to be a very effective player.
  2. Anonymous:
    The most impressive part of the MSU win was the ability of the second string to maintain a lead that Canaan, Aska, Poole, and Long created. Furthermore, they did it on the road, and against a GOOD/ATHLETIC D I team at that.
  3. Catlin Bogard:
    Basher, I absolutely thought Mushatt can play. That's why I'm disappointed. But I agree, it's early, he's young, and he got in some foul trouble. I still absolutely think he will be a good player, it just may take a longer than I initially thought.
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