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Aye yie yie. Man Down! Man Down!

Just a horrible, no good, very bad night from the OVC tonight with some bad performances across the board. But there is one team that ended the night in the loss column that should feel okay.

And one whose fans might want to stop reading now.

Last Night Scores

North Dakota State 69, Morehead State 57

Oakland City 63, Austin Peay 88

Western Illinois 57, Eastern Illinois 45

SIU Edwardsville 54, Northern Illinois 65

UT Martin 86, Central Arkansas 87

Three Point Shot

  1. Under normal circumstances, I can deal with listening to excuses for losses. But SIU Edwardsville fans, don’t even start on this one. Yes, Mark Yelovich was out, but that’s hardly an excuse. Northern Illinois scored 5 points in a half! Five, against Dayton. And you allow them to shoot 52% on the night? Bad, bad, bad, BAD loss.
  2. It’s great that the Morehead State defense can turn teams over, but it doesn’t do any good when you turn the ball over yourselves. This team plays too fast right now. I get that’s theSean Woods way, but if you don’t have the guys to run it yet, consider tweaking it to the skills of your players.
  3. Got to give the Skyhawks credit for a tough loss on the road. UTM shoots 52% from the floor, but sent Central Arkansas to the line 33 times. But a good effort from a team struggling so far this season.

Player of the Night: Chris Horton, Austin Peay. Sure, they played a Division II school, but the freshman put up his second double-double of the year, scoring 21 points on 10-12 shooting. Horton is really shining as a freshman, and could really become a force inside for the Governors.

Unsung Hero: Tobias Dowdell, UT Martin. 13 points tied a career high, 13 rebounds is almost double his career high, a great break out game for the sophomore.

Not Your Best Night: This award is shared tonight to the entire UT Martin, Eastern Illinois and SIU Edwardsville teams defensively. We know why Eastern Illinois is struggling, and let’s face it, UT Martin hasn’t been a defensive force the past few years. But SIUE? So much of last year’s team is back, but so far it appears the Cougars have taken a step back.

Team Trending Upward: UT Martin. Their offense, at least. They’re reminding me of the team two years ago that could seemingly score at will, but had some issues defensively. (I believe the word I used to describe the defense was “atrocious”) But they’re proving this year’s team is light years ahead of last year’s. How many wins that will translate into in conference play is yet to be seen.

Team Trending Downward: SIU Edwardsville. The Cougars are making me look silly, picking them to finish 5th in the OVC this year. Slow starts, turnovers, and allowing easy buckets are sinking the Cougars. Still have a month to work out the kinks before conference play starts.

Stat of the Night: Hate to end on a downer, but the conference now three games under .500 against Division I teams, their worst overall since before Thanksgiving. Still well ahead of last year’s record, finishing 26 games below .500.

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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)