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We’re back to the old look here at OVC Ball today, because I’ve come to understand that some of you have had problems with the new layout. I apologize for that, and am working on getting it all fixed. Just don’t expect it fixed today…

For some reason, I’m just in the mood to have fun with the First Word today.

If you were on Twitter last night, you might have noticed the trending topic #ThinnestSportsBooks. Well, I probably spent about 20 minutes just looking at people’s responses, so I want to share some of my favorites with you. Although I will warn you, one has some “mild” language.

“How to take a hit.” By Sidney Crosby
@ZachRicard9

Recruiting Ethics by John Calipari & Kelvin Sampson
@NoahArincker

Love and Basketball : Kris Humphries
@Han_Dynasty95

“No means No!” – Ben Roethlisberger
@the_clay_bird

“Managing The Salary Cap” by Isiah Thomas
@jblukin

“A Dog Lovers Guide to Responsible Pet Ownership” by Michael Vick.
@CMike92

Lord of the Rings by King James
@davidm_TCU

Pounding Asses and Completing Passes by Tim Tebow
@PimpBillClinton

So, this got me thinking about the #ThinnestSportsBooks of OVC teams, although a few of you on Twitter beat me to the punch on that as well:

“You and Your Son: How You Can Build a Future in Basketball” by Mike Miller
@drums2k9

Although I still don’t think Miller’s son is the team’s largest problem right now, I had to admit that made me chuckle slightly. The forward to that book could probably be written by Tubby and Saul Smith.

“My Struggles as a Rookie Head Coach” by Steve Prohm
@NealBradley

All together now…Awwwww.

Some of my own additions to the bunch:

“How to Keep the Lights On,” by UT Martin

“How to Flop without anybody noticing” by Wil Peters

“Consistency” by Tennessee Tech, with a forward by SIU Edwardsville

If you’ve got a #ThinnestSportsBook addition for an OVC team or player, add it in the comments. (but please keep them clean) And if I didn’t post yours, don’t take it personally. I simply didn’t see it last night.

[Today’s Games]

Austin Peay (9-17, 6-6) at No. 9/7 Murray State (23-1, 11-1), 7:30 p.m. CST, ESPN
Live Coverage tonight @OVCBall
Previews: AP, Murray

Murray’s last game as a top-10 team comes against a rival that seems all but down and out. Anybody else smell a big night for the Blue and Gold?

Morehead State (13-13, 6-6) at Eastern Kentucky (14-12, 6-6), 6:00 p.m. CST
Previews: Morehead, EKU

Morehead State’s offense is looking worse and worse, clearly showing how much they miss Terrance Hill. EKU’s last quality conference win came over a month ago.

Eastern Illinois (10-14, 3-9) at UT Martin (3-23, 0-13), 6:00 p.m. CST
Previews: EIU, UTM

Martin is running out of chances to get an OVC win this year. EIU is still alive, mathematically anyway, for the final spot in Nashville.

SEMO (13-11, 8-4) at SIU Edwardsville (7-14, 5-7), 7:00 p.m. CST
Previews: SEMO, SIUE

Some are saying SEMO got exposed last week. Maybe. They’re looking to bounce back against a SIU Edwardsville team that’s been very solid at home in OVC play.

Tennessee Tech (16-10, 8-5) at Tennessee State (16-10, 9-4), 7:30 p.m. CST
Previews: TTU, TSU

Which Tech team shows up? Does Tennessee State avoid a letdown? So many questions, but one thing that is certain: if TTU loses, their chances at getting the 2-seed are likely lost as well.


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Final Word (11/13): Jacksonville State stands alone…in basketball too.

2017-18 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 0-0 2-0
Tennessee Tech 0-0 1-1
Murray State 0-0 1-1
Southeast Missouri* 0-0 1-1
Belmont 0-0 1-1
Eastern Kentucky 0-0 1-1
Tennessee State 0-0 1-1
Eastern Illinois 0-0 0-1
SIUE 0-0 0-1
Austin Peay 0-0 0-2
Morehead State 0-0 0-2
UT Martin 0-0 0-2

*Ineligible for postseason (APR)

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