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I shouldn’t be surprised. Really, I shouldn’t.

December starts much live November ended, with the Racers winning, and the rest of the conference…

Well they didn’t all get blown out, does that count for something?

Oh, and Jacksonville State is just screwing with everyone. It’s the only conclusion you can come to.

Here’s tonight’s Final word:

[Kent State 83, Morehead State 63] Sigh. Remember how I said Kent State’s defense was good at forcing turnovers. Tonight, they forced 22. Only committed 10. That will win you games almost 100% of the time. Two players off the bench go for at least 17 points, which is more than any Eagle could score, as Kent State cruises to a 20 point win behind 49% shooting from the field. I do not see Morehead State winning mny games in the 60’s this year, because that would require them keeping an opponent in the 60’s.
[Jacksonville State 48, UC Upstate 50] I offically do not understand the Gamecocks. Lose to a Division II team, and in the same week, push a 7-2 team to 2 points, losing in the last 20 seconds. UC Upstate hits a season low 34% from the field, turns over the ball 19 times (same for the Gamecocks) hit 50% from the FT line (13-26), 1-12 from 3-point range…and still win. Oh, and Jacksonville blew a 13-point halftime lead…
[Murray State 70, Western Kentucky 59] So much for a trap game, eh? The Racers will host co-Atlantic 10 favorite Dayton on Sunday at 8-0, after a solid win over the rival Hilltoppers. Surprisingly, the Racers only forced 15 turnovers against a usually sloppy Western Kentucky squad, but shoot almost twice as many free-throws, and hold the Hilltoppers to just 2-12 shooting from 3-point range to get the win. Isaiah Canaan leads the Racers in scoring yet again with 18 points, with Ivan Aska and Donte Poole also scoring in double figures, but all were outdone by Jamal Crook off the bench for the Hilltoppers, who led all scorers with 20.
[Middle Tennessee 77, Tennessee State 62] Well, this one was close for a half. The Blue Raiders are still the best shooting team in the nation, after hitting 51% from the field (actually slightly below their season average..) while holding the Tigers to just 32% on the night. This one turned into a free-throw contest, with the teams combining for 65 shots from the free throw line. Amazingly, only 11 turnovers for the Tigers, although 6 of them came from guard Patrick Miller.

  1. Jonathan Shank:
    I like your articles and they are very informative. I really like the first and last words.

    The only thing I don't get is how Jacksonville St. is confusing. They have 2 wins. One to a non D1 and one to a team Alcorn st with zero wins.

    If you look at the teams they have played the team they took to OT NW st has 4 wins but one non D1, vs jack st, vs alcorn with no wins, and vs a team with 2 wins that they split with.

    Cinci with 4 wins (vs jack st, alcorn with 0 wins again, nw st and miami oh) and losses to Marshall and Presbyterian. So no wins vs anyone very good. It seems like a lot of these teams have played each other to get wins.

    USC Upstate and Weber haven't beat anyone good and Marshall has just beat the teams I have already mentioned.

    I just think Jacksonville St. isn't good. Not that the team I cheer for is any better but that is just how I see it if I am putting in my 2 cents. Not trying to bad mouth just my opinion.
  2. Catlin Bogard:
    The thing that's confusing is that they just lost to a Division II school, and tonight just pushed a "good" (not great) school to the wire on the road, after giving up a 13 point lead. Their defense is better than some in the conference, and their only senior hasn't played that well at all this season.

    I think this team is going to be better than many think when conference play gets here. That's not to say they're going to finish in the top half, but I wouldn't be surprised if they find a way to make the OVC tournament.

    And I think I'm more confused than anything at how badly UC Upstate played, and still got a win.
  3. Jonathan:
    Yea, that makes sense. Just have to score more than 48 points. If you hold a team to 50 you win most of the time. Easier said than done though. I just looked at the stats both teams did play poorly. Upstate's look worse though except rebounds. Yeah Jack St needs to pull that game out.
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