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We’ve been waiting for the OVC Tournament games to deliver, and boy did they ever. No buzzer-beaters, but two great contests set us up for a great tournament finals between the new kids on the block, and the school that’s been the best on the block.

Last Night’s Scores

[4] Tennessee State 73, [1] Belmont 82

Recap | Belmont goes without a three during the entire first half, but the offense comes alive in the second, putting up 50 points in the final 20 minutes to advance to the OVC title game in their first season in the conference

 

[3] Eastern Kentucky 73, [2] Murray State 81

Recap | EKU was upset to be seeded lower than the Racers despite a better conference record, but it was the Racers playing with a chip on their shoulder. Isaiah Canaan scores 29 points as Murray’s offense shoots a season-high 58% from the floor in the win.

 

Three Point Shot

  1. Murray State’s performance last night almost makes the rest of the season even more frustrating. You play like this every night, you don’t have six conference losses. I’m not even just talking about making shots, but the intensity from tipoff to the end of the game. One of the, if not the most well rounded performance since they were in Charleston. It was great to see, unless of course you’re an Eastern Kentucky fan.
  2. Belmont’s performance was from from dominant, especially early, as the Bruins struggled to find the range from deep. What’s impressive is how well they battled underneath. Belmont’s bigs are essentially tall guards, and have struggled against more physical teams. You saw it in the first few minutes, but after about the 10 minute mark of the first half, the Bruins frontcourt won the battle.
  3. Who came out a winner last night? The OVC. Murray State fans showed up in droves tonight, and will show up again today, it’s a virtual certainty. And Belmont’s fans weren’t exactly scarce last night. It sets up the best matchup for TV as well, with the co-players of the year going head-to-head.

Co-Players of the Night: Isaiah Canaan, Murray State and Ian Clark, Belmont. It’s only fitting really. Canaan goes for 29, Clark for 26 on 8-13 shooting. What a battle this should be today.

Player of the Night in a loss: Kellen Thorton, Tennessee State. I thought the TSU forward should have been a first-teamer. He played like one during the tournament.

Unsung Hero: Brandon Garrett, Murray State. Garrett scored 11 points, playing extended minutes after Ed Daniel got into early, and then late foul trouble. He posted one of his better performances of the year, and really challenged EKU’s Eric Stutz.


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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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