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…case in point, Austin Peay at Murray. The foul total for the first half was 13 against the Racers, and four against the Governors. Which, as you might imagine, caused my twitter account to blow up at halftime about the officiating.

And this isn’t just something that one school’s fans do; I see it everywhere.

Here’s the thing, though: in this case it makes perfect sense.

Austin Peay’s defense wasn’t good. Murray State was shooting 62% from the floor with 3:53 remaining in the first half. Many of the Racers 18 made field goals were WIDE OPEN.

Seriously, I, on press row, was closer than the nearest defender on a few of these shots. Austin Peay isn’t going to rack up fouls when they’re allergic to defending the basketball. Murray State, on the other hand, was very aggressive.

Were there bad calls? Yes, including a horrible flop that caused TJ Sapp to pick up his third foul of the half. But was the officiating bad? Not from my view.

When you’re making arguments about bad calls and bad officiating, which does exist, please stop citing the foul totals. They’re not supposed to be even.

I’m not trying to keep you from complaining. Just complain about the calls themselves. Don’t make your judgement by a quick glance at two numbers on the scoreboard.


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OVC Ball
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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