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The end of year record didn’t match their preseason expectations, but 18 wins was enough for Southeast Missouri to give head coach Dickie Nutt a two-year contract extension. Nutt’s contract now extends through the 2016-17 season. No word on salary was immediately available.

Nutt’s previous contract was set to expire after next season.

“I’m very excited about the direction of our men’s basketball program,” Alnutt said in the news release. “I firmly believe that Coach Nutt has laid a solid foundation for this program to be a contender in the OVC on an annual basis.

While this year’s 18-14 season fell short of the mark expected by many fans after the Redhawks were picked to finish first in the OVC West Division, it’s hard not to see the Redhawks as a team on the rise. This season was their second straight winning season, the first such streak in 13 years. Their 18 wins: the most since 2000-01.

Especially given where the program was when Nutt originally took over, a short extension seems like the right decision.

There was, in my opinion, a telling line in the press release: “Our ultimate goal is to win an OVC championship,” Alnutt says. If that’s the new benchmark, Nutt has a tall order in front of him, with Murray State and Belmont almost certain to contend next season for the conference crown.

“I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am with the new contract,” Nutt said. “I am most appreciative that Dr. Dobbins and Mr. Alnutt have the confidence in me to continue building this program to higher grounds. I do believe that our future is bright and this only enhances our efforts in reaching our goals.”

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2017-18 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 0-0 2-0
Tennessee Tech 0-0 1-1
Murray State 0-0 1-1
Southeast Missouri* 0-0 1-1
Belmont 0-0 1-1
Eastern Kentucky 0-0 1-1
Tennessee State 0-0 1-1
Eastern Illinois 0-0 0-1
SIUE 0-0 0-1
Austin Peay 0-0 0-2
Morehead State 0-0 0-2
UT Martin 0-0 0-2

*Ineligible for postseason (APR)