Austin Peay opens the season on Saturday — after their game was moved from Friday — at Western Kentucky. Here are some of the important numbers:
17.0One of the big questions surrounding Austin Peay this year: who will step up to fill the scoring void left open by Travis Betran‘s graduation. The answer could be Chris Freeman. Freeman averaged 17 points in the Governors’ two exhibition games, shooting 15-18 from the field. Last year, he averaged fewer than four points a game, and only hit double-digits once. Obviously, the opponents get harder, but that’s a great sign.
16.0%Austin Peay’s two exhibition opponents combined to shoot just 4-25 from three-point range in two losses. Webster was held to 0-10 from behind the three-point arc. Three-point defense wasn’t a strength of the Governors’ last year, but that’s an impressive number, even given the quality of the Governors’ opponents.
53.1%Austin Peay hit just 25-47 from the free-throw line in their two exhibition contests, and both games were about equal — it wasn’t just one bad game. This was a problem last year for the Governors: Austin Peay hist just 66.5% from the charity stripe a year ago, second-worst in the OVC. Chris Horton‘s numbers from the line were terrifying: 1-8, especially considering how often he’s likely to be there throughout the year.
2Due to the scheduling change mentioned at the top, Austin Peay will play games on back-to-back days in different towns. After playing in Bowling Green on Saturday, the Governors will return home to play Berea College Sunday. Thankfully, it’s only about an hour and a half drive between the two.