Austin Peay has two narrow losses on the road this year. They look to reverse course as they travel to Illinois Friday. A look at the matchup by the numbers
61.7%The Governors are using their size to crash the glass. They’re pulling down more than 60% of all available rebounds, 71st best nationally. Interestingly, they’re just seventh in the OVC. Blame all the non-Division I blowouts.
7.0Last year, Austin Peay felt like a one or two-man show far too often. This year, every starter is contributing, all averaging at least 7.0 points per game, and 3.0 rebounds a contest.
40.0%Austin Peay is struggling to defend the perimeter. Their three opponents are hitting 40% from behind the arc so far this season. Berea College started 7-8 from three-point range in the first half, before the Governors defense tightened around the arc.
46.8%…what Illinois is shooting behind the arc this season. That’s…not a small number, and not good news given the Governors struggles.
9.0Illinois is averaging just 3.0 turnovers a game — ranked 13th nationally. And while their opponents have been smaller schools, they’re both from Division I.
8.7Chris Horton is ridiculous, and as a result, so are the Governors block totals. Horton is averaging six blocks a game on the young year, helping Austin Peay to an 8.7 blocks per game average through three games. It’s good enough for sixth nationally.