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So, we missed a few weeks of Power Rankings. Time to play catch-up. Much like Week 1, these are all mine. We’ll go back to collective Power Rankings starting next week.

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Belmont

Record:7-1 (0-0)
Belmont may not appear as strong as they were last season, but you can't aruge with a 7-1 start that includes win at Ohio, at Western Kentucky, and in Nashville against MTSU and Denver. Ever since that loss at Wright State to start the year, they're just finding a way, even if they're not always dominant in doing so. In the end -- winning matters. And Belmont is winning.

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UT Martin

Record: 4-2 (0-0)
They're the only team above .500 in the West Division, (#sigh) and have won more road games than the rest of the division combined. They're just halfway through a six-game road swing, and could the next three all seem winnable on paper for the suddenly resurgent Skyhawks.

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Eastern Kentucky

Record: 4-2 (0-0)
EKU's no longer leading the nation in turnovers, which is bad news for a defense that's allowing opponents to shoot nearly 50% from the floor. The offense is still pretty dangerous, especially when guard Corey Walden is on his game.

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Tennessee Tech

Record: 4-3 (0-0)
If TTU had a sharpshooter from outside, it'd be a much different team. Right now, their path to winning is through the interior, especially forward Dwan Caldwell. They get a non Division I opponent before a four game road swing will provide the Golden Eagles a true test before conference play begins.

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Morehead State

Record: 4-6 (0-0)
The defense is better than ever. The offense? Oooh boy. Angelo Warner is playing as well as ever, but issues on the interior, and the injury to point guard Kareem Storey are hampering the Eagles in the half-court.

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Murray State

Record: 4-4 (0-0)
It seems like so long ago, but Murray State blasted Middle Tennessee on their home floor in November, by far their best win. Thanksgiving weekend wasn't kind to the Racers in Nashville. WKU and Evansville are next up on their schedule, and neither will make it easy for Murray to get up over the .500 mark.

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Southeast Missouri

Record: 3-4 (0-0)
The verdict is still out on the Redhawks, but the schedule gets a lot tougher at the end of this month. The offense seems to be missing that spark we've seen in the past, but the defense is likely the best under head coach Dickey Nutt. Murray State looks vulnerable, so if the Redhawks are going to win the division, this might be the year to do it.

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Jacksonville State

Record: 5-3 (0-0)
After an awful start to the season, Jacksonville State has righted the ship, winning games they should win. The upcoming schedule is still pretty soft for the Gamecocks, which leads me to wonder if their record could be a bit inflated when the OVC comes calling.

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Eastern Illinois

Record: 3-5 (0-0)
Eastern Illinois is giving us 20 good minutes quite often, but they've yet to give us a full 40. That was evidenced yet again against Ball State, where they bounced back from a dreadful first half. This team's not going to outscore many teams, but their defense, coupled with an uncomfortable tempo, makes them an OVC Tournament contender.

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Austin Peay

Record: 2-5 (0-0)
Austin Peay wants to play fast -- if for no other reason than they don't want to operate a half-court offense if they can help it. The next five games are all against teams with a 240+ RPI, or a non Division-I team; If the Governors can't win at least three, there could be some serious cause for concern.

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SIUE

Record: 1-4 (0-0)
The second half against SIU presents an interesting dilemma: Is this what the Cougars offense is truly capable of, or was it more a product of SIU sitting on a huge lead. Their next two games are the toughest remaining on the non-conference schedule. If they can find a way to split, entering conference play .500 isn't out of the question.

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Tennessee State

Record: 2-6 (0-0)
At some point, a "moral" victory needs to turn into an actual one, but it's far too soon to be lamenting close losses just yet. TSU just played their last home game for nearly a month, so a Division I win may not be at hand just yet.

 


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Compiling all OVC non-conference games

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

EAST

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

WEST

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


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