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I said this last night, but it bears repeating: It really shouldn’t be a complete surprise that seeds are holding. Sure, Morehead State swept Tennessee State during the regular season. And Southeast Missouri was as hot as a team can. But the four remaining teams, the top seeds, were the four most dominant teams during the regular season. They should be in the semifinals, and they are.

 

Last Night’s Scores

[5] Morehead State 75, [4] Tennessee State 88

Recap | Morehead State makes a run after falling behind by double-digits, but Tennessee State is able to stretch the lead in the final 10 minutes to earn a spot in today’s semifinals.

[6] Southeast Missouri 69, [3] Eastern Kentucky 84

Recap |  Southeast Missouri makes a run after falling behind by double digits, but Eastern Kentucky is able to stretch the lead in the final 10 minutes to earn a spot in today’s semifinals.

(Yes, both games played out nearly exactly the same way.)

 

Three Point Shot

  1. If you’re thinking, “gee, it’s been awhile since we’ve had an upset in the OVC Tournament,” you’re right. The first round…of last year’s tournament. Seeds have held in the last five rounds of tournament play. March Madness? Anything but mad in this conference the past few years.
  2. If you don’t follow me on twitter, well, you’re missing out. Last night, (and Saturday night…and every time I see Eastern Kentucky play) I made a few stabs at Mike DiNunno shooting from behind an imaginary 4-point arc. Don’t get me wrong, I think DiNunno is a hugely talented guard. But anytime a guard decides to shoot from 25-feet or more for any reason besides necessity, I want to bang my head on the desk. It’s not a good shot. It’s just not. Not with 20 seconds on the shot clock. I just refuse to believe that’s the best look the team is going to get on that possession.
  3. Eric Stutz has a headache this morning. I can all but guarantee. Stutz two two huge hits to his face last night that caused the Colonels forward to fall on the floor, and fell hard a third time before the assaults began.

Player of the Night: Eric Stutz, Eastern Kentucky. Southeast Missouri was the team that was supposed to dominate the frontcourt, but they didn’t have an answer for Stutz. 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Colonels big man, who had two of his better games against the Redhawks this year.

Player of the Night in a loss: Drew Kelly, Morehead State. 16 points and seven rebounds from the Morehead forward, who even stepped out to hit a pair of threes in loss. Kelly had an up and down year in head coach Sean Woods new scheme, but figured it out, and was a huge contributor down the stretch.

Unsung Hero: Patrick Miller, Tennessee State. Not only did the Tigers guard have 10 assists, he committed just one turnover. Can’t ask for much better numbers than that out of your guard.


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OVC Ball
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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