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So if bracketbusters didn’t fulfill your want for mostly meaningless non-conference February games, there’s another today.

Yep, this preview is going to be filled with all sorts of sarcasm. It’s that kind of game.

Game of the Century
Eastern Illinois 9-20 (5-10) at Chicago State 8-19 (2-4 Great West)
7:05 CST

It’s a battle of two heavyweights in Illinois as Chicago State host Eastern Illinois for supremacy is a game whose impact will resonate for years to come.

Okay, sarcasm over.

Maybe.

Chicago State isn’t an offensive powerhouse by any measure. They play fairly up-tempo, but average just 65 points a game. Much like Eastern Illinois, the Cougars have two 10-point per game scorers. They turn the ball over at a high clip, but on the plus side they’re a good rebounding team, and more solid defensively than the Panthers.

You can make the argument that this game is important for momentum. The Panthers are coming off a win against Northern Illinois, and a win could help with a virtual must-win this Saturday against SIU Edwardsville which will likely be for an OVC Tournament spot.

We’ve talked a lot about Sherman Blandford this season, but another Panther, guard Morris Woods has been flying somewhat under the radar.The junior struggled to score in non-conference play, but is averaging 13 ppg in OVC play.

These schools have played six times in the last 12 years, with EIU winning five of the six.


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Compiling all OVC non-conference games

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

EAST

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

WEST

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


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