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Weird fact of the moment: There are 4 OVC teams with 8 wins on the season.

That’s all I’ve got.

Seriously, trying to think of a preview for this one game today was kind of hurting my head, so that’s the best I could come up with. For some reason, this match up doesn’t particularly interest me. On one hand, you have a Morehead State team whose best scorer is our for the season with a knee injury. On the other, you have a Tennessee State team that’s, to put it kindly, underachieving.

Nothing against either school. Just my first thought when I saw today’s game was: “meh.”

So consider this a challenge to both schools; wow me. Make me wish I never said this matchup didn’t interest me. Because every other school seems to love to prove me wrong this season…

Here’s today’s first word:

[Morehead State (8-9, 2-2) at Tennessee State (8-9, 1-3), 7:00 p.m. CST]

In both teams 4 conference games, a clear pattern has emerged:

Morehead State Points Per Game: 59.2
Morehead State Points Against Per Game: 63.0

TSU Points Per Game: 75.5
TSU Points Against Per Game: 76.0

Need I say more? Really, I do. Okay then…

Morehead State’s defense has been better since entering conference play, but the biggest reason for playing games in the 50’s and 60’s is their pace. They average just over 63 possession a game, so even an effective offense would have problems scoring much about the 60’s. Despite that, they’re still turning the ball over way too often, something I see only getting worse with Terrance Hill out. There’s no doubt Morehead needs to make the most out of every possession, but I’m just not sure yet where the scoring comes from.

On the flip side, what has happened to Tennessee State defensively? It’s hasn’t been particularly good all season, but when you allow Jacksonville State, a team that has struggled mightily on offense all season, to shoot 50% from the field, you have to realize that your defense just isn’t up to the task. If they’re going to compete in the OVC, which they clearly have the talent to do, they must stop teams. They couldn’t do it against Jacksonville State, but they get another chance against a wounded offense, this time at home.


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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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