In case you happened to miss yesterday’s Daily 3, allow me to summarize: It’s just exhibition, everyone. Murray State got off to a slow start before blowing out Freed-Hardeman, UT Martin struggled defensively early in a win over Blue Mountain College, SIUE looked like an offensive juggernaut against Greenville, and TTU had a similar experience against Bluefield College.
Absolutely none of that matters.
What does matter from yesterday? Why I’m glad you asked:
- Murray State’s Tyler Rambo didn’t play due to an academic-related issue. According to head-coach Steve Prohm, it’s nothing Rambo did, it’s an “administrative” problem that he hopes to have cleared up by Tuesday. The Racers only have 10 eligible players, so they need all the depth they can get..
- No one was seriously injured. Probably the biggest thing.
- On this same point, Murray State’s Jonathan Fairell played 21 minutes. He’s been limited in practice after suffering an injury earlier this fall, but appears that he’ll be ready for Murray’s season opener.
- Belmont didn’t have an exhibition, but did hold ‘Meet the Bruins,’ in which we learned Evan Bradds has a cast on his leg. When asked about it, he responded on twitter: “It’s all good, nothing major.”
- SIUE’s Rozell Nunn was apparently inactive last night. Not sure why.
- While players are in preseason form — SID’s picked up where they left off last March. My favorite line: “the pool of possibilities runs deep.”
As you’re fretting over little things your team’s done wrong in exhibition games, just remember — it could be much, much worse. While I do always caution against overreacting to exhibition games — it’s one thing to struggle.
It’s another to lose.
So, congratulations to Division III Augustana, who beat Missouri Valley opponent Bradley last night. It should be noted, out of the interest of fairness, that the Braves were missing their starting point guard to injury and their only senior was suspended.
We end today on a bit of a somber note: Our thoughts are with the family of UT Martin head coach Heath Schroyer. According to WPSD Local 6’s Jeff Bidwell, he missed last night’s exhibition game after his mother passed away.