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So as you’ll see below, I’m previewing most of today’s games.

Except for that NAIA opponent Tennessee Tech plays.

Yep, I’m making a stand that the OVC needs to stop playing so many NAIA and D II squads that inflate your record, and can only do more harm than good. (Imagine what happens if you LOSE to one of them)

Here’s today’s First Word:

[UT Martin (1-5) at UAB (1-3) 3 p.m] Before head coach Jason James left for this road swing, I asked what he hoped to see out of his team. His answer? He wanted them to “compete.” They will face their second road challenge today taking on a Blazers team that has struggled to score, averaging just 58 points a game on 38% field goal shooting, and 23% 3-point shooting. That could be good news for a Skyhawks squad that has been defensively challenged at times this season. The one UAB player that has played well: Cameron Moore, a 50% shooter who has scored one fourth of the Blazers points on the season.
[Eastern Kentucky (3-3) at Norfolk State (3-2) 3 p.m.] It’s been a week since we’ve seen the Colonels, but they return to face a challenging Spartan team whose only losses both came to ranked Marquette. Eastern Kentucky must contain 6’10” center Kyle O’Quinn, who is averaging a double-double in points and rebounds through 5 games, and guard Chris McEachin who leads the team with over 15 points a game. But Norfolk State can be scored on, and have been weak defending the perimeter, which just happens to be a place the Colonels love to shoot from.
[Morehead State (3-3) at Bucknell (4-2) 3:30 p.m.] I will be the first to admit that the Eagles have somewhat impressed me with 2 wins at the Legends classic, but the 3rd will be tougher to get. The Bisons are better shooters, better rebounders, don’t turn the ball over, and have 4 players averaging double digit scoring. Forward Mike Muscala averages 14 points, 8 rebounds a game, and given how poorly the Eagles have played defensively in the paint, expect the Bisons to feed him the ball often.
[Wilberforce at Tennessee Tech (2-3) 4:00 p.m.] I’m not even going to preview this one. Tech should win comfortably. That is all you need to know.
[Jacksonville State (2-3) vs Weber State (3-0)] This is the start of what could (and probably will be) a long trip out west for the Gamecocks. Weber State plays up-tempo, and have a duo of guards in Damain Lillard and Scott Bamforth who average 20+ points a game, and a forward, Kyle Bullinger, who has over 11 rebounds a game. Tough to imagine Jacksonville State pulling off this upset.

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Final Word (11/13): Jacksonville State stands alone…in basketball too.

2017-18 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 0-0 2-0
Tennessee Tech 0-0 1-1
Murray State 0-0 1-1
Southeast Missouri* 0-0 1-1
Belmont 0-0 1-1
Eastern Kentucky 0-0 1-1
Tennessee State 0-0 1-1
Eastern Illinois 0-0 0-1
SIUE 0-0 0-1
Austin Peay 0-0 0-2
Morehead State 0-0 0-2
UT Martin 0-0 0-2

*Ineligible for postseason (APR)