Welcome to our new site. It’s…well it’s new, that’s what it is.
We’ll actually be rolling out new features for the site over the next few weeks, including “team pages” to make it easier to follow you’re favorite team.
And maybe the teams in the OVC will catch on this spirit of “new” and do some new things themselves.
I can dream, right?
Here’s today’s first word:
[Stony Brook (2-3) at Eastern Illinois (4-2) 2:00 p.m. CST] There might not have been any amazing wins, but the Panthers have posted a pleasantly surprising 4-2 record in November, and have a good chance to pick up their 5th win against a Stony Brook team that’s had a hard time stopping opposing teams from scoring. Opponents are shooting 50% against the Seawolves this season, and their competition hasn’t been top notch either. The Panthers will likely be without James Hollowell, who is dealing with a back injury. I will be curious to see how Alfonzo McKinnie plays, coming off a 24 point, 14 rebound performance against Maine.
[Cal State Fullerton (3-3) at SIU Edwardsville (1-4) 2:00 p.m. CST] The Titans feature 4 players averaging better than 12 points a game, which could cause problems for the often offensively challenged Cougars. While SIU Edwarsville has found success from 3-point range this season, CSF only allows their opponents 32% shooting from behind the arc. The Titans want to push tempo, but it has come back to bite them in the turnover category, as they average 4 more turnovers a game than they cause. But when they can hold onto the ball, they’re great shooters, hitting over 47% from the field.
[Ball State (3-2) at UT Martin (2-6) 2:00 p.m. CST] I will be covering this game live today on Twitter @OVCball. Don’t let Ball State’s 3-2 record fool you, this is a talented team that played Indiana State and Arizona close in their last 2 games. But they’ve yet to get a win on the road, and will look to slow down the pace in Martin today. The Skyhawks will have their hands full defending senior forward Jarrod Jones, who is averaging 19 points and 9 rebounds a game. The Cardinals only average 11 turnovers a contest, although much of that can be attributed to being a methodical offense.
[Tennessee Tech (3-3) at Duquense (4-3) 6:00 p.m. CST] The Golden Eagles will have to bounce back from their near loss with Wilberforce as they travel to a tough Atlantic 10 in Duquense. The Dukes 3 losses have come to two Major conference teams and a solid team out of the Horizon League, so this is a team better than their 4-3 record. The don’t have a lot of size, and aren’t a great perimeter defensive team, but they make up for it on the offensive end with great ball control and good shooting. 4 Dukes average double-digit scoring, and the Golden Eagles will have to find a way to stop guards Sean Johnson and B.J Monterio, but on the flip side, no Duke averages more than 4 rebounds a game, so Tennessee Tech should be able to control the boards.
[Brescia at Eastern Kentucky (3-5) 6:00 p.m. CST] This may be just what the Colonels need to end their 3 game losing streak. 2 things the Colonels need today: Effective shooting, and a leader to emerge.
[Southeastern Louisiana (4-2) at SEMO (3-4) 7:30 CST] Can Leon Powell stay out of foul trouble? That’s still my biggest question surrounding the inconsistent Redhawks this season. But it’s guards that will likely be tested against Lions, specifically guarding Brandon Fortenberry, a senior guard that has scored in the double digits in all 6 games this season for Southeastern Louisiana. The Lions haven’t played a great schedule, and lost to the very young Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, so this is a very winnable game for SEMO.[Austin Peay (0-8) at Memphis (3-2) 7:30 p.m. CST] So, somehow I missed this. Not that there’s a whole lot to preview here. Memphis is ranked 22nd in the nation, and Austin Peay is winless on the road in the Fed Ed Forum. Who to pick…who to pick…