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