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As part of our Ridiculously Early 2013-14 previews, we look at how much production each team is losing, and how challenging it will be to replace.

Southeast Missouri had somewhat of a disappointing season. Expectations were high surrounding the Redhawks this past year, especially given the talent in the frontcourt.

That frontcourt returns this year. But the backcourt is going through some changes.


[Stats Per Game]PointsReboundsSteals
Nick Niemczyk7.52.10.8
Marland Smith10.13.90.8
Corey Wilford14.43.60.8
Team (2012-13)
Total Production Lost32.09.62.4

SEMO’s best offense was the 3-point line, and three of their weapons are graduating. They still have A.J. Jones, but one long-range weapon isn’t four. But the real concern with the backcourt is the defense. The Redhawks averaged just five steals a game last year, and almost that production, as little as it was, is graduating.

The frontcourt needs to take the next step as well. They were solid, but they never dominant. Given Nino Johnson‘s development in just a year, there’s good reason to believe they can be that commanding force, but we thought the same about Tyler Stone this past.

With just a one-year extension, it’s kind of a make or break year for Dickey Nutt. He should still have the pieces, but he has to put them together for his team to take the next step.

  1. SEMOfan1:
    If we can get another shooter there is absolutely no reason SEMO shouldn't contend for a title next year.
    • ovcball:
      I'm still concerned about the defense. Scoring 80 is great. Less great if your opponents score 85.
  2. semosupporter:
    Why are you concerned about the defense. SEMO was pretty good this year. There are three main defensive stats. 1) Scoring defense 2) fg % defense 3) 3pt fg% defense. The most important of these is no. 2 fg% defense. Last year SEMO ranked 54th in the nation at 40.1% and 1st in the OVC. The second most important is no. 3 3pt fg% defense and SEMO ranked 98th in the nation at 32.3% and 4th in the OVC. The least important defensive stat is no. 1 scoring defense. This stat is largely dependent on tempo. The faster the tempo the more attempts made equals more points scored. SEMO was ranked 53rd in the nation in tempo and 1st in the OVC so naturally this stat doesn't look good. Scoring defense ranked 286th in the nation and 9th in the OVC. Next year SEMO will be bigger and LONGER, especially at the 2 and 3 spots. I'm much more worried about the rebounding next year than the defense.
    • ovcball:
      They were 247th nationally, and 9th in the OVC in defensive efficiency, a much better indicator than your defensive numbers. They never forced turnovers. Sure, they held teams to 40% shooting, but teams got more possessions. (hence why I like DPPP over shooting % defense) Add in to the fact that they were 249th in the nation in rebounding percentage, allowing teams second chances. (10th in the OVC, BTW) They also fouled almost 20 times a game in conference play, ninth in the OVC, meaning they sent teams to the line quite often. You're looking at just one part of the defense. Yes, teams didn't shoot the lights out against them, but they didn't have to. Because they got more than enough chances to put up points to get wins.
      • semosupporter:
        They didn't force turnovers because that was not part of their defensive plan. To force turnovers you normally have to take chances like over playing passing lanes. They had small guards with not much length so they preferred to stay back in a basic defense. Next year they'll be much bigger and longer. They already signed two 6'5" and one 6'7" guard for next year. The 6'7" guard (Josh Langford) is a tenacious defender, but he won't be eligible until the second semester. Rebounding is my main concern. On paper they should be a good rebounding team but I want to see it on the court.
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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


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


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