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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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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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