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Bullet Points

  • Morehead State is looking for their third straight win, after defeating Marshall and non-Division I Kentucky Christian. Their 72-point victory over Kentucky Christian was their largest win in school history.
  • The Eagles lead the OVC in defensive efficiency, but are ninth in the league offensively.
  • ETSU plays like Morehead State did last year — they want to force turnovers, they want to run, and they can absolutely score in bunches.

 

Scouting ETSU

Morehead State has already played eight games this year. ETSU hasn’t played in a week. A rested Buccaneers team travels to Morehead after a high-flying start to the year. Their offense is lead by an impressive trio, including Lou Henson award finalist Rashawn Rembert. The senior guard is averaging 17.0 points a game, second to Jalen Riley‘s 18.5 a contest this season. 6’4 forward Lester Wilson is third in scoring with 14.0 points a game. The team also has a pair of the guards averaging nearly two steals a game each: ETSU is in the top 30 nationally in forced turnovers.

The frontcourt is a bit more of question mark. The Bucs lost both its starting 4 and 5 position player, returning only one player on the inside that averaged more than five minutes a game last season.  But ETSU has made it work so far: they’re 60.4% rebounding percentage is in the top-40 nationally. (Morehead State is at 60.2%)

These two teams met last November in Tennessee, with Morehead State eeking out a 71-63 win.

 

By The Numbers

186Morehead State has been whistled for an Ohio Valley Conference-high 186 fouls through eight games, while its opponents have been tagged just 145 times. The difference has led to 42 more free-throw attempts for MSU’s foes.

+6.3The Pirates are forcing six more turnovers a game then they’re committing so far this year. Their TO Rate is 9th best in the nation. Their forced TO Rate? 53rd. Morehead State is virtually even in turnover ratio for the season.

See more numbers on this matchup here


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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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