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Eastern Kentucky’s home stand continues as they host NAIA Kentucky Christian. A look at the matchup by the numbers:

The Good

84.0%The offense wasn’t exactly firing on all cylinders in the Colonels win against Savannah State, but the Colonels picked up where they left off at the charity stripe, hitting 21-25 from the line. EKU led the league, and were 16th in the nation in free-throw shooting last season.

The Bad

39.7%The Colonels never really got the offense going against the Tigers. They hit just 25-63 from the field. If you take away the 19 fast-break points, mostly generated by that huge turnover total, EKU scored just 57 points out of their set offense.

-7Eastern Kentucky was outrebounded against the Tigers, losing the battle of the boards 38-31. They were also outrebounded in the exhibition game against a NAIA team. They were in the negatives in rebounding margin last year as well, so it’s now new. It’s, just, not on pace to be much different.

The !?*#%!$@

33This is just insane. 33 turnovers. EKU forced 33 turnovers — against a Division I opponent. Last year, which featured a great defense, the most EKU forced was 24 against Chattanooga. We had to go all the way back to the 2002-03 year just to find a time the Colonels forced more than 25. (29 against Tennessee Tech) It’s their highest forced turnover total in a game since at least 1997 — that’s as far back as I could find box scores.


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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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