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Just one game on tap today, as every other team rests up for a very busy Saturday across the OVC.

And it’s out good friend Lipscomb, already playing their third game of the year against OVC opponents. Can we go ahead an invite them to join, now?

Here’s today’s First Word:

Tennessee Tech (3-2) at Lipscomb (2-3)
6:30 CST

The Bisons will make their third attempt of the season to beat an Ohio Valley Conference team, taking on a Tennessee Tech team that has lost two straight at home after a 3-0 start.

If you’ve been following these game previews, the scouting report on Lipscomb hasn’t really changed. They want to run the floor, although they struggle to force turnovers to speed up teams, and turn over the ball nearly 20 times a game. Their interior defense has been porous, and that may actually be kind. But they’re a balanced, unselfish offense, they have some talented three point shooters, and will play deeper into their bench than just about anyone.

There’s not really a simple pattern to Tech’s two losses. They turned the ball over 20 times in the loss to Loyola, but just 12 in the lost to Evansville. They out rebounded the Ramblers, got out rebounded by the Aces. Loyola went to the free throw line 36 times, Evansville 9.

Both teams did shoot 49% or better, and both hit 7 or more threes. Also in both losses, Jud Dillard was held to under 15 points. I definitely don’t want to put the pressure on one player to have an out-of-his-mind kind of night every night for a team to win, so I’ll point to the defense instead, and it falls on the guards. Tennessee Tech opponents are shooting 38% from three. A quick look at season statistics will note that TTU is actually shooting a touch better from three, and much better from the floor than their opponents, but the Crowley Ridge fiasco is still skewing those numbers, representing one-fifth of total stats.

Tennessee Tech has won 4 of the last 5 meetings over the past 4 seasons.

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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