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So this is what happens when I take a weekend off..

Welcome back Tennessee State. Now one question…

Where has this team been???

While the Tigers pull off the upset of South Carolina, Murray State rallies on the road to remain perfect with a win over UAB.

Things are getting fun.

Here’s the Recap from the last weekend:

Friday, November 18th

[Eastern Kentucky 73, Liberty 65] The good Colonels show up, with 3 players hitting double digits. As a team, the Colonels hit 46% from 3-point range, and only commit 12 turnovers in the win. Mike DiNunno came off the bench, quite likely so he would be more rested in the games to follow.

Saturday, November 19th

[Eastern Kentucky 63, William & Mary 44] No rest for DiNunno in this one. The guard plays 38 minutes, scoring 20 points, pulling down 8 rebounds and dishing out 8 assists and the Colonels hold William & Mary to 31% shooting from the field in the win. I continue to point this out because it continues to impress me: only 11 turnovers committed bu the Colonels.
[Alabama State 65, Jacksonville State 78] I’m sure almost no one is paying attention to the Gamecocks, but maybe they should be. Jacksonville State hits 58% from the field, hold Alabama State to 38% in a 13-point win. They get that win despite losing the turnover battle by 9. But most impressively, the Gamecocks out rebound the Hornets by 21. Full Recap
[Rochester College 59, UT Martin 76] The Skyhawks are finally in the win column. Troy King and Mike Liabo come off the bench, (too many turnovers perhaps?) but Liabo explodes for 17 points in just 23 minutes. The Skyhawks defense holds Rochester College to 35% shooting, but forces just 9 turnovers in the loss.
[Appalachian State 68, Tennessee Tech 63] When 2 players score almost 80% of your team’s points, that usually not a good sign. Kevin Murphy scored 28 points, Jud Dillard scored 22, but not one single point came off the bench for the Golden Eagles in the loss. Dillard and Murphy also pulled down almost 60% of the rebounds.
[Austin Peay 59, Oral Roberts 71] I’m trying to be cautious with the Governors, because I believe this team will be greatly improved when John Fraley returns from injury. But they’re making it hard to be patients, because the offense has been terrible in their past 2 games. TyShwan Edmondson did lead the Governors with 14 points, but on only 6-15 shooting.

Sunday, November 20th

[Eastern Illinois 67, NIU 55] You don’t always have to hit a lot of baskets, especially if you can get to the free throw line. The Panthers hit 21 of 27 free throws, and only commit 7 turnovers in the road win. Mike Miller is still grabbing deep into the bench, with 12 players seeing playing time. Full Recap
[Eastern Kentucky 51, Lehigh 76] And the bad Colonels show up again. 32% shooting, 25% from 3-point range, DiNunno follows up his 20 point performance with just 3 points, and the Colonels are never close in the 25 point loss. The Colonels must find some consistency, somewhere to succeed.
[Murray State 62, UAB 55] A lot of people were doubting whether with a new coach, and some key losses in the backcourt, if the Racers would contend in the OVC. They now have 2 great road wins and we have an answer: Absolutely. The Racers don’t shoot well, and force a season low 14-turnovers from the Blazers, but go 20-24 from the FT line to help seal the win. The starting 5 carries the weight again for the Racers, with just 6 points coming off the bench. (Although Latreze Mushatt did pull down 6 rebounds in 21 minutes.)
[SEMO 61, Oregon 86] Leon Powell: 11 minutes, 0 points, fouls out. Marcus Brister: 11 minutes, 0 points. Another good game from Tyler Stone (20 points, 5 rebounds) with Powell somehow finding a way to commit 5 personal fouls in 11 minutes, but that’s about the only bright spot for SEMO in the loss.
[Tennessee State 64, South Carolina 63] And I had almost given up on you, Tennessee State. The Tigers hold off a furious run by the Gamecocks, who were down 22 points at one point in the game, and get their first ever win over an SEC school. Robert Covington continues to deliver for the Tigers, with 16 points and 9 rebounds, and finally gets some help with 11 points from Patrick Miller and 12 off the bench from Jordan Cyphers. But to bring everyone down for a second: South Carolina lost to Elon earlier in the week. Good win, yes. Great win? Well, it was on the road, so also yes. But barely.

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  1. Dan Thompson:
    Enjoyed the read!
  2. Michael:
    Thanks for the recap. The Gamecocks played a nice second half against Alabama State. Tarvin Gaines really shined, both offensively and defensively. If a big play happened on either side of the court, it seemed like he was involved. Mason Leggett played well in the second half after getting in foul trouble in the first half. He even had a dunk. I don't recall the last time JSU had a guard that could dunk.

    In all honesty, Alabama State is a horrendous team. The only reason they were in the game in the first half was the large amount of three pointers they were hitting. When it became unsustainable, they fell behind. The pessimist in me thinks the two wins have come against weak opponents, and things will go down hill in the next couple of weeks. The optimist in me thinks JSU has been a horrendous team the last few years, and at the very least...we are pulling out of it.

    By the way, glad to see someone on board to recap JSU games.
OVC Ball
Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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