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Tennessee Tech took a lead in the final three minutes, but a late run cost them at Tulane. Our initial thoughts:

The Final Minute: Up three possessions, Tulane got the ball with just over a minute to go. TTU chose not to foul, which while a bit odd, worked. Tech got the stop, and a rebound with about :30 to go. TTU didn’t call timeout…and subsequently took about 20 seconds to get off any kind of shot, again, in a two possession game. Following a missed FT, Tulane gets the ball back with about :10 to go, and again, no foul. Tulane runs the clock out. Tennessee Tech played a very good game against a solid Tulane squad. But their management of a close game down the stretch left something to be desired.

The Beasts Inside: Charles Jackson led TTU with 16 points, Dwan Caldwell added 15 (off the bench, at that) in a strong showing offensively for the Golden Eagles frontcourt. They combined for 14-22 shooting (63.6%) from the field, and Jackson had a game-high 10 rebounds. The frontcourt is the strength of this team — hands down.

Three-point woes: If it were the 1970’s, I’m confident this Tennessee Tech team would dominate. But, we live in an age with the three-point arc, and again Tech struggled with the long ball, shooting 5-18 from deep, although they did hit two key three’s, including the final one with gave TTU their first second-half lead.

Backcourt struggles defensively: Tulane shot the ball well, especially in the first half, thanks in part to a trio of guards, but it also exposed what I think is a significant problem for TTU — their defense in the backcourt. Javon McKayShirmane Thomas and Torrance Rowe didn’t have a single steal between them, and weren’t able to keep Tulane’s guards from driving.

Keeping them off the line: Another positive: Tulane shot just seven free-throw attempts on the night.

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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


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


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