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So you may notice a lot of graphics changing on OVC ball over the next week or so. See, my plan is to upgrade my graphics for my 1-year anniversary at the end of the month, and I’ve gone back and redone all my banners. Only they’ve very, very similar to the old ones. Too similar in fact. Which means I’m going to go back and change them again.

So while this banner of the top of the page is pretty and new, it’ll be replaced before you know it.

Yes, I’m really that picky when it comes to graphics. In fact, there’s actually a whole set of graphics I created, but then never used, because I didn’t like them enough.

Anyway, there’s basketball to be played today, and one streak will be broken: Either Murray State will break the OVC’s streak of the last 11 home teams winning. Or Morehead State break that silly undefeated season streak Murray State has spent so long building up.

Here’s today’s First Word:

[No. 12/10 Murray State (18-0, 6-0) at Morehead State (9-10, 3-3), 6:00 p.m. CST, ESPN3] I can’t believe I’m making this trip. That’s not an attack on Morehead State, other than it’s a far, far away from where I live, and it’s the middle of the work week. Never-the-less, Live Coverage on Twitter @OVCBall.

If you’ve been following this site over the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen me bemoan teams (*cough* Austin Peay* cough*) that have tried to run with the Racers. You likely won’t hear me say anything about that tonight. The Eagles are last in the conference, and 320th in the nation in fewest possessions per game, meaning they’ll look to do what Jacksonville State did: keep the score manageable and make a late game run.

Only Morehead State doesn’t have the same defense that Jacksonville State does. At all. In fact, the Eagles are 10th in the conference in defensive efficiency this season, compared to Jacksonville State who was 2nd. So while their pace is meant to keep the score manageable, their defense has a tall task against them.

As for the Racers, I’m really running out of things to say in the First Word about them, because not much has changed. They still shoot the 3 amazingly well, even with an off night last week against Jacksonville State. They still force turnovers, their 3-point defense remains in the top 20 in the nation, they hold onto the ball. They’re consistent, and even in their off nights, it’s hard to criticize them too much because they still win, and that’s the name of the game. The one area that gets a little hairy is rebounding. Ivan Aska is still out for the Racers. It’s likely he won’t return until next week at the earliest. But guess who’s not a great rebounding team. If you said the guard-heavy Eagles, step up and collect…well nothing. Because I don’t have anything.

  1. Dan:
    This is one Racer fan who is jealous that you are going up to Morehead and I'm not. 
  2. Dan:
    This is one Racer fan who is jealous that you are going up to Morehead and I'm not. 
  3. Dan:
    This is one Racer fan who is jealous that you are going up to Morehead and I'm not. 
OVC Ball
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


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


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