As we roll into December, we’re making a few changes to better provide daily coverage of the OVC. We’re starting with a new look at the day ahead, we’re calling the Daily 3.
- The biggest concern about Belmont’s loss at home to No. 24 VCU has to be the potential loss of Craig Bradshaw for Tuesday’s game against Middle Tennessee, according to the Tennessean. Bradshaw has a concussion history, and had a hard collision with VCU’s Juvonte Reddic in the first half, which forced him to miss the rest of the game. It appears, for now, this is more precautionary than anything. With Reece Chamberlain still nursing a ankle injury, the Bruins will be without their two top ball-handlers on the road against a very good Blue Raiders squad who owned Murray State in their own building just a week ago.
- You can’t always directly compare performances against like opponents, but it is worth noting that Austin Peay won at Youngstown State on Saturday, the same team that handed EKU their only loss of the season on a neutral court. I’m not trying to draw a direct relation between the Governors and the Colonels. But when you look at the West Division, with Murray State looking downright horrible in two losses this past week, UT Martin taking a step back from last season, and an Eastern Illinois squad that still seemingly can’t score, there’s isn’t a lot standing between Austin Peay and possibly winning that division. They still have to get past Southeast Missouri, and SIUE looks ready to compete, but there’s a real opportunity for the Governors to have a meaningful turnaround in conference play this season.
- Today’s Slate – Wright State at Morehead State: The Eagles are back home after a 10-day western road swing. The Raiders haven’t played the toughest of schedules, but are just one of 10 teams to force more turnovers a game than the Eagles. Morehead has to hold on to the ball, which has become somewhat of an issue over the past few games.
Texas Pan-American at SIU Edwardsville: Now it’s time for the Cougars to take the next step: we’ve seen they can play close, now they need to find a way to win. More importantly, they need to hold onto leads in the second half. UT-PA narrowly beat Tennessee Tech on a neutral court earlier this year, so they’re tough at 4-5. The Cougars have more scorers, but have to get stops, as they’re currently ranked 337th in defensive efficiency.