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Something new I’m starting this year is the Unsung Hero award, which goes out to the player who didn’t win a Player of the Week award, but in my mind should have.

So first, here are the players of the week, who are, of course, ineligible for the Unsung Hero award because their exploits have been, well, sung.

POW: Jeremy Granger, Eastern Illinois
Co-Newcomers: Mike DiNunno, Eastern Kentucky
Tyler Stone, SEMO
Freshman: Eric Stutz, Eastern Kentucky

So as a side note, a very solid list for Week 1. But, there is always an unsung hero in the crowd…

So the first ever OVC Ball Unsung Hero award goes to…

Nino Johnson, SEMO.

It’s always hard this time of year to pick players of the week when some teams (like EKU) have played multiple games, and others (like SEMO) have only played 1. But in his first collegiate game, Johnson scored 11 points and pulled down 7 boards in 22 minutes off of 5 for 7 shooting against a top-25 team, Missouri.

It’s hard enough to play your first game against a top-25 team, much less have to play extended minutes due to the loss of your team’s best player. Johnson has made his impact known quickly, and is likely to threaten for Freshman of the Year honors by March.


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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

EAST

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

WEST

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


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