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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

The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

The !?*#%!$@

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.


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OVC Ball
Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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