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One of the longer trips the Racers will take all season lands them in Charleston, Illinois, facing an Eastern Illinois squad still perfect at home this season.

Tip off at 7:00. Coverage will be on Twitter @OVCBall, and you can watch the game tonight on ESPN3.

Some notes heading into tonight’s game:

  • EIU head coach Mike Miller told the Journal Gazette and Times Courier that this hasn’t been a great week of preparation. It’s not what you necessarily want to hear heading into a matchup against an undefeated team. Why the bad week? Nick McFarlin and Josh Piper have been out with illness, and James Hollowell is still sidelined with back trouble.
  • The Racers and Panthers are the top 2 scoring teams in the OVC, both averaging over 73 points a game, so don’t be surprised to see a high scoring affair.
  • If it comes down to a battle from the FT line (which is unlikely, as both teams are generally at avoiding fouls) neither team really has an advantage. Both teams are in the top-20 in the nation in free-throw shooting, hitting more than 75% from the charity stripe.

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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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