There are only 36 cross-divisional games in the OVC. So if there were an “East vs. West” challenge, which we would be all for here at OVC Ball, 19 wins would win the challenge.
The current scoreboard would also read like this: East 14, West 2.
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Last Night’s Scores
UT Martin 53, Belmont 90
Jacksonville State 61, Eastern Illinois 55
Morehead State 52, Eastern Kentucky 59
Southeast Missouri 69, Tennessee State 81
Tennessee Tech 54, SIU Edwardsville 58
Murray State 71, Austin Peay 68
Three Point Shot
- If I were voting on the OVC player of the year today, I would be voting for Ian Clark, not Isaiah Canaan. Canaan is scoring three more points per game, but Clark is shooting an insane 57% from the field on the year to Canaan’s 46%. Clark is hitting 48% from behind the arc, Cannan 41%. Clark has more steals and fewer turnovers than Canaan as well. Canaan does have more assists than Clark. This could be an interesting race down the stretch. If there were ever a year to have co-players of the year, this might be it.
- The battle for newcomer of the year is also tight, with EKU’s Glenn Cosey and Austin Peay’s Travis Betran both having great seasons, although Cosey’s broken finger could very well tilt things in Betran’s favor.
- It’s very likely only one undefeated team in conference play will remain in the East Division this time next week, as Belmont plays both EKU and Tennessee State. Right now, Belmont looks head and shoulders above the rest of the conference. Two big wins this week would simply reinforce that notion.
Player of the Night: Ian Clark, Belmont. Coming off a 30 point game on 12-14 shooting, Clark shoots 12-15, and tallies 32 points. Feel free to go ahead and name him the player of the week.
Player of the Night in a Loss: Travis Betran, Austin Peay. He may be one of the most clutch players in the OVC, and hit big shots and gave the Governors a chance to force their third straight overtime of the year.
Unsung Hero: LaTreze Mushatt, Murray State. Just five minutes against Austin Peay, but it’s good to see him getting healthier. He could return to the lineup full time by February, according to Prohm. During those five minutes, I saw Mushatt helping direct traffic, communicating with his freshman on defense where they needed to be. Mark of a leader.
Team Trending Upwards: SIU Edwardsville. Finally got over the hump, and although Dillard had a great game, no one else for the Golden Eagles did.
Team Trending Downwards: Tennessee Tech, especially if the injury to Jeremiah Samarrippas is severe. That’s a tough loss for an already young team.