So we have officially entered the month of December, and for just about every team that doesn’t have a horse as it’s mascot, it could not have come soon enough.
Let’s get right down to it, here’s today’s first word:
[Morehead State (3-4) at Kent State (3-1), 6:00 p.m CST] If you’re wanting me to single out one Golden Flash to watch tonight, sorry about your luck. Kent State scores by committee, with 5 players averaging in double digits…and that’s about it. Kent State’s defense is solid, and forces a lot of turnovers, which isn’t good for a team already offensively challenged. The Eagles must find consistent some help for Terrance Hill moving forward, who has almost double as many points as the 2nd highest scorer on the team, Drew Kelly.
[Jacksonville State (2-5) at USC Upstate (5-2), 6:00 p.m. CST] Upstate is a tough team to read: They’ve shot the ball well, defended poorly, both force and have a lot of turnovers, haven’t played a particularly difficult schedule but are 5-2. The Spartans are led by 6’6″ forward Torrey Craig in almost every statistical category, and have 3 other players also averaging double digit scoring. Depth is not an issue: 11 players have been in all 7 contests for Spartans
[Murray State (7-0) at Western Kentucky (2-5), 7:00 p.m. CST] The Racers perfect record is put on the line tonight against the rival Hilltoppers, and on paper this shouldn’t be much of a contest. If only it weren’t for that whole rivalry thing. One of the Hilltoppers 2 wins came earlier in the season against Tennessee State. Western Kentucky only has one senior on their squad, guard Derrick Gordon, and have been very turnover prone so far this season, not surprising of such a young team. Going against one of the best teams at forcing turnovers in the nation in the Racers probably isn’t going to help things any.
[Middle Tennessee (6-1) at Tennessee State (3-4), 7:00 p.m. CST] The Blue Raiders have been knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten by Belmont, but hold 2 wins over Austin Peay and a win at UCLA. The Blue Raiders are the best shooting team in the nation, hitting 54% of their shots, and 44% from 3-point range. Their defense hold opponents to under 40% shooting. Is there a weakness? Turnovers have been a bit of a problem, and the Blue Raiders haven’t been automatic from the free throw line. Not much of one, but if the Tigers can keep it close, it gives them a chance down the stretch.