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Today is going to be better. Today is going to be a good day. Today, OVC teams are going to pick up wins.

(It’s all about the power of positive thinking folks)

3 games on today’s slate, including winless SIU Edwardsville hosting NAIA Robert Morris (IL).

Say what you want, I have faith in the Cougars.

Some. A little. Sort of.

Here’s today’s first word:

[Maine (2-1) at Eastern Illinois (3-2) 7:00 p.m.] Here’s the first game of the random home-home Eastern Illinois is playing with Maine this season. The Black Bears are only 3 games into the season, but so far haven’t had much problems shooting the ball, hitting 50% from the field as team and 39% from 3-point range. Their 2 top scorers, both averaging at or above 20 points a game, are 60% shooters in this early part of the season. Oh, and they’re one of the best 10 at not turning over the basketball. Yeah, this sounds like an easy matchup.
[Central Arkansas (2-3) at UT Martin (2-5) 7:00 p.m.]To say Central Arkansas has had a problem defending people is an understatement. But, as they proved against Eastern Illinois Saturday, they don’t necessarily have to. They are not a 3-point shooting team, proving by only hitting 1 on their way to 107 points in their double OT win over the Panthers. (They only shot 6) LaQuentin Miles is their top threat, averaging over 18 points a game.
[Robert Morris (IL) at SIU Edwardsville (0-4) 7:00 p.m.] You want to know why I have faith in the Cougars? They are 8-0 all time against the Eagles, including a 74-40 drumming last season. In fact, in those 8 wins, 3 have been by 34 points. That being said, this year’s version of the Eagles are 4-1, shooting better than 50% from the field, and averaging 88 points a game compared to SIUe’s 58. They’re also allowing their opponents over 84 points a game, so there are some defense issues with the Eagles. Whether the Cougars offense can take advantage of that…well we’ll see.

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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