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I’m not going to lie: I’m still tired from this weekend.

What a weekend it was.

But one team that didn’t have a good weekend gets a good chance to pick up a much needed win.

Even if it is against a lower division team.

Which leads to a conundrum: I refuse to preview games against lower division teams, but it’s the only game today.

So do I even write a first word?

Might as well at this point. Here’s today’s First Word:

[Bethel (TN) at UT Martin (2-9), 7:00 p.m.] I like tempo free statistics, in case you haven’t been able to tell from past posts. I think they’re the best indicator of how good a team is you can get from statistics.

That being said, tempo-free statistics say the Skyhawks are bad.

Out of 345 teams, Here’s how UT Martin ranks:

  • Offensive Efficiency: 313th
  • Defensive Efficiency: 309th
  • Turnover Rate: 335th
  • Rebound Percentage: 222nd

That being said, having seen this team in person, there is talent on that team. But with non-conference play coming to an end, it’s hard to stand behind putting the Skyhawks in the middle of the pack in the OVC.

There’s still plenty of time to prove me wrong.

But tempo-free statistics don’t lie.

And they don’t have nice things to say.


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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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