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The Morning After is the new name for the basketball posts known as the Final Word. The reasoning for the switch is below:

A quick OVC Ball history lesson: When I started this site in January of 2011, it was actually the second time I tried to do so. Both times, I was working overnights, so I had my early evenings free to watch games, and write about them. One might think that since I write all day as a TV news producer, I wouldn’t want to write more after I got off work, but clearly that’s not the case.

And last season, this all worked great. 

Then this summer happened, and because I was sick and tired of going into work at midnight, I decided to try and get off overnights, a plan that was eventually successful. So now I’m the 10 p.m. producer; Working Monday-Friday, 1:30 until at least 10:30. (and usually a little bit later than that) Yeah, there’s a slight problem with that schedule for basketball purposes.

So, instead of rushing every night hoping to get the Final Word up by 1:00 a.m., I’ve decided to move it to the morning after. And since I didn’t want to spend more than the required 10 seconds to come up with a new name, I’ve decided to call it just that, The Morning After.

For the most part, it will remain the same: recaps of the night before, and any other general analysis I can think of.

So now that I’ve rambled on, how about we get to what you came here for.

 

The Three Point Shot (3 Things We Learned Last Night)

  1. The OVC is having one of the best start to a season I can remember. The conference goes 3-2 today, putting the conference 22-15 on the year, and 14-15 against Division I competition. To compare, the conference finished 54-77 against Division I teams last season.
  2. Jud Dillard should earn Player of the Week honors this week, and I think wouldn’t entirely be surprised if he was legitimate contender for first team all-conference at the end of the season, if not more. He could give Isaiah Canaan a run for leading scorer in the conference this season.
  3. I shouldn’t make fun of DePaul…

Austin Peay 67, DePaul 98

This…didn’t go well. 18 first half turnovers all but sink the Governors in a 31 point loss to perennial Big East cellar dweller DePaul. The Blue Demons 98 points are the most they’ve scored since a 102-95 win over Chicago State last December.

In the opening half, the Blue Demons put up 58 points, shooting twice as many field goals as the Governors. In fact, their 24 made field goals in the first 20 minutes were more than Austin Peay made in the entire game. (21) No single player can be blamed for the team’s turnover woes, as 9 players were credited with at least one turnover.

The youth of this year’s Austin Peay squad is evident, but what’s troublesome is that the experienced players aren’t stepping up. In the opening half, Will Triggs didn’t take a single shot from the field, and Anthony Campbell scored just 4 points. When young  team’s succeed, it’s because the young guys are complimenting an experienced core, but that doesn’t seem to be the case yet this season.

Campbell would finish with 17 points, and Triggs with 12, although both did most of there damage against the backups in the second half. Austin Peay falls to 1-2. They stay in Cancun, playing Western Carolina on Tuesday.

 

Tennessee Tech 65, East Tennessee State 62

Tennessee Tech led by as much as 13 in the second half, but had to hold off a late rally from the Bucs to remain undefeated on the young season. Jud Dillard was simply fantastic again for the Golden Eagles, leading Tech with 25 points for the third straight game, and added 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double.

After jumping out to a quick lead, East Tennessee State quickly switched to a 2-3 zone. The Golden Eagles spent the rest of the half unsuccessfully trying to shoot over it, hitting just 1-9 from behind the arc. The Bucs were able to respond with a 14-0 run, giving them the lead which they held into the half. TTU seemed to change their gameplan at the break, attacking the zone early in the second to build that 13 point lead. Late pressure defense forced turnovers (Tennessee Tech had 19 on the night) allowing ETSU to claw their way back into the game.

The lead was cut to two with 22 seconds remaining. Jeremiah Samarrippas was fouled on the next play, but could only make one of two at the line. On what would be their final possession, Sheldon Cooley held on to the basketball, shooting a fade away three as the clock expired. That shot went off the back of the rim, giving the Golden Eagles their second straight win over the Bucs.

Tennessee Tech shot 53% from the field in the win, and 5-9 from deep in the second half. Depth could be an issue for Tennessee Tech going forward: evidenced by the hot starts and cool finishes to each half, but 10 players did see significant minutes.

Tennessee Tech heads home to host Evansville on Tuesday.


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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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