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