Morehead State returns from Las Vegas to host NAIA Cincinnati Christian. A look at the matchup by the numbers:
44.3The OVC has beaten it’s three non-Division I opponents by an average of 44.3 points this year, and no team has won by fewer than 30 points– and that includes Tennessee State leading Reinhardt by just two after the first half. (Note: This post was written before Austin Peay played Berea College)
6The Eagles only turned the ball over six times against the Rebels, which is especially noteworthy given that Morehead State ranked in the bottom-15 in the nation, and last in the OVC, in turnover percentage a year ago.
17Morehead State led for more than 17 minutes on the road at UNLV, before falling by one point. Early in the second half, the lead was 11 before the bottom fell out of the Eagles offense.
4Morehead State forced 13 UNLV turnovers — but only turned those into four points. Some of those weren’t live-ball turnovers, which meant fewer fast-break opportunities, but you still hope to take advantage of turnovers more.
25The fouls are back. Morehead State committed 25 team fouls, leading to 27 UNLV free-throws. On the flip side, Morehead State only had 14 free-throw attempts. Fouls have been a problem in both of Sean Woods‘ years at the helm. Some of it’s just a by-product of the Eagles aggressiveness, but some of it is just poor positioning.
13Morehead State missed 13-straight shots during a lengthy UNLV run in the second half, erasing the Eagles 11-point lead. Morehead State shot just 7-32 (21.9%) during the second half.