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There are still a lot of 0’s in the win column of OVC teams at this point, and today didn’t do a whole lot to help that problem.

Morehead State, and Austin Peay lost as part of ESPN’s 24 hours hoops marathon.

Jacksonville State lost to a ranked Cincinnati team.

But Tennessee Tech got their first win in their home opener.

Today’s Final Word:

[Morehead State 57, College of Charleston 72] How bad is the defense…how about allowing 56% shooting through 2 games? That being said, they’ve played 2 good teams, and had a flash of good play late in the first half this morning. Guard Terrance Hill is the team’s leader in points, and rebounds, with 8…total. Still a lot of questions about the Eagles.
[Jacksonville State 59, No. 20 Cincinnati 73] Another example where the score makes you think it was an okay game, when it really wasn’t. (Gamecocks were down 23 at the half) Encouraging sign: 13 offensive rebounds for the Gamecocks. Plus, they won the turnover battle by 7, only committing 13. Didn’t help Bearcats hit 61.5%…from 3-point range.
[Reinhardt 64, Tennessee Tech 94] No collapse here. The Golden Eagles ride 64% shooting, led by 11 of 15 shooting from Jud Dillard, in getting Steve Payne his first official win as TTU’s coach. Forced 28 turnovers from Reinhardt as well (but did turn the ball over 16 times themselves, probably a victim of the pace of this one)
[Austin Peay 55, California 72] This one got out of hand in a hurry. When Edmondson doesn’t hit shots, this team is in trouble. (At least until Fraley returns) He went 0 for 6 in the first half, and AP only scored 13 points in that same period. Another OVC team can’t find the basket from long range: Govs hit just 2-17 from 3-point range, with Herdie Lawrence hitting all of those off the bench.

  1. Michael:
    Actually, I would argue that the score of the JSU-Cincy game was about right. UC was 7 of 8 from behind the arc in the first half, which is when they really built up their lead. That number is unrealistic to sustain throughout the game, even for a top 20 team. JSU went on a 15-1 run in the second half, which was the result of good defense, penetration inside by the guards (not usually a strength of JSU), and poor focus by UC. Importantly, JSU maintained the deficit the deficit at between 10-16 points, never allowing UC to go on another huge run. I thought JSU didn't embarrass themselves, or the OVC last night in Cincinnati.
  2. Catlin Bogard:
    I don't think I implied that the Gamecocks embarrassed the OVC, but they got rocked in the first half. Anything that happens after that, I tend to attribute somewhat to the other team not playing as hard because they've already built a big lead. Yes, they played better in the second half, but it would have been hard to not have.
  3. Jon Hollingsworth:
    The Gamecocks made a better game again a higher ranked team than Austin Peay did,
  4. Catlin Bogard:
    That they did. Jacksonville State may cause some more problems for the OVC than many people are thinking.
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