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We’re all in agreement about this, right?

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Murray State

Record: 20-4 (10-0)
Previous: 1
Two weeks ago, I asked the following question: "If Murray State gets past their next two games, (at SIUE, vs EKU) who beats Murray?"

Yeah, that's still a legitimate question. Their biggest test left may be their final game of the regular season, on the road at UT Martin. You've still got to win the OVC Tournament if you're the Racers, so it's important they stay healthy over this next month.

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UT Martin

Record: 14-8 (6-3)
Previous: 4
I nearly vacated the No. 2 spot in these Power Rankings, because I'm really just not sure. The Skyhawks have won three of four, and took the Racers to the wire on their home floor. But it's really about how they're winning: they were dominant over SEMO, Eastern Illinois, and Austin Peay. They can score. They can defend. They have big time players. At this rate, Heath Schroyer won't be in Martin for long.

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Eastern Kentucky

Record: 13-9 (5-4)
Previous: 5
Say what you want about their record, but no team is more poised for a February run. EKU led nearly the entire game in their win over Belmont, and they probably SHOULD have beat the Racers in Murray. Using the eye test, EKU is a threat.

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Belmont

Record: 15-8 (7-3)
Previous: 3
The Bruins five-game win streak was snapped on Thursday, as Belmont could not and did not get in Eastern Kentucky's way. They're still up a game on the rest of the division, but that could all change if they fall in the second leg of "Death Valley" tonight.

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Morehead State

Record: 11-14 (6-4)
Previous: 6
The Eagles have quietly won four of their last five, and are scoring much better in conference play than they did earlier in the year. What's surprising: it hasn't been Angelo Warner. Kareem Mashour has had three 20-point games, and four 10-rebound games in the past month. They're better than their overall record would lead you to believe.

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Eastern Illinois

Record: 14-9 (7-3)
Previous: 2
Well, things have taken a sour turn in Charleston. Now, Chris Olivier is battling Mono, and EIU look like they could struggle just to get a bye out of the OVC Tournament's first day. Making things more challenging: four of their final six are on the road.

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SIUE

Record: 9-12 (5-5)
Previous: 8
The Cougars haven't strung together a pair of back-to-back wins since the first two games of conference play, and their next three are against the top three teams in the West Division. The good news: SIUE isn't likely to need to fend off a threat to make the OVC Tournament.

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Southeast Missouri

Record: 10-13 (4-6)
Previous: 7
The good news: four of the final six are at home for the Redhawks. The bad: They're just 1-3 at home in conference play.

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Tennessee State

Record: 5-19 (2-7)

Previous: 12
Again, this isn't about their record. (Else this post would be called...standings) I put TSU here for two reasons: they've won two of their last three, with wins over two teams ranked below them on this list, and they have the most to play for going forward. I think you're starting to see what new head coach Dana Ford is building in Nashville, and it starts with the Tigers much improved defense.

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Tennessee Tech

Record: 10-13 (2-8)
Previous: 9
Well, it's not over yet in Cookeville, but the odds are getting longer. Their next three are all very winnable, and 5-8 looks a lot different than 2-8. Surprisingly, is TTU's three-point defense, not offense, that's been their Achilles heel.

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Jacksonville State

Record: 9-16 (2-8)
Previous: 10
Is it football season yet?

JSU basketball fans will be looking ahead to next year, and the addition of Cameron Biedscheid. Should provide a good boost in JSU's revamped basketball arena, set to be ready for next season.

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Austin Peay

Record: 7-16 (2-7)
Previous: 11
Is it footba...um...baseball starts in a week!

This is a shame for Chris Horton, who is a really good player, but doesn't get the recognition he should. He'll be back next year as a senior.

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    Even the peay has been flushed to the bottom of the rankings.
OVC Ball
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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