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I love it when I’m right. The 3-point shot goes cold for Edwardsville, and so does the Cougars offense, leading SIU Edwardsville to their first loss in the OVC.

And Murray State’s struggles tonight set up what could be a fantastic game in Clarksville on Saturday between bitter rivals.

Here’s tonight’s Final Word;

[Eastern Kentucky 67, No. 19/18 Murray State 76] Full Recap

I’m seriously impressed with the Colonels after tonight. Their offense seems much more solid (read: less gimmicky) than in years past, and their poise in a tough, loud environment was commendable.

I guess that means I need to take back all the mean things I said last summer about this team. But there no way I, or anyone for that matter, could have predicted the rise of Jaron Jones  this year.

And while I didn’t pick Murray State to dominate the conference, I did at least pick them to finish 2nd.

I don’t think this is the beginning of a fall for the Racers, simply just an off night. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, that’s just a gut feeling. No doubt the mood was a little down for the players during, and after the game from what it’s been in the past. And I would be more worried if the next game wasn’t against the Racers rivals. They have great motivation to shake off tonight’s rough night (and since when do we consider 48% shooting a rough night, anyway?) and if they win at Clarksville, it should get the Racers energy back to where it needs to be.

[Eastern Illinois 73, SIU Edwardsville 59] I really feel bad for the Cougars fans. I do. Many of them really got their hopes up after two big wins last week.

But I feel the worst is ahead for the Cougars, who once again are not able to get anything on offense going, which happens more often or not. And their defense just isn’t going to stop many teams anywhere.

One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard about the Panthers is that coach Mike Miller‘s son, Joey Miller gets too much playing time. Tonight, he put up 24 points and 5 assists. Wonder if I’ll still be hearing that complaint tomorrow…

And is Mike Miller reading OVC ball? Only 9 players play tonight, and every starter played at least 25 minutes, which is exactly what I said he needed to start doing in today’s first word. Only 2 points came off the bench, and a result 4 players finished in double digits. See what happens when you listen to me?


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  1. Jonathan:
    While I will say as a cougar fan I did get my hopes up for a win, I will say there is no way the worse is to come. After the passed three seasons. It already is better than those in my mind. Unless we get blown out every game the rest of the year, things are getting better. I am just happy to be playing conference games finally. If we don't finish last in the conference that gives us something to build on at least.
OVC Ball
Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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