With the season less than two weeks away, we’re going into full season mode at OVC Ball. We’ll regularly break down the top three storylines in the OVC in a new feature called the “OV3”
Austin Peay kicked off exhibition play last night with an 85-64 win over Thomas More, in what could easily be described as an ugly game. The Governors shot 46 free-throws thanks to 35 Thomas More fouls, but I’d hold on blaming the new rules just quite yet. Austin Peay only committed 17 fouls, and if you watched the game, most of the fouls were blatant, a result of Thomas More’s inability to guard the Governors size in the paint.
Unsurprisingly, Chris Horton led the Govs in scoring, but he wasn’t the story. Freshman Jared Savage scored 15 points in his first collegiate outing, (he’s the guy pictured above from his high school days) and was a bigger factor when Horton was sitting out in the second half. If Austin Peay is going to succeed this year, they need more guys that can produce. Josh Robinson is one of those guys, and I’ll be curious to see if Savage can be another. He showed a flash last night, but the competition gets much higher from here.
The Govs’ were somewhat lackadaisical on defense, especially closing in on perimeter shooters, and Thomas More stayed in the game a lot longer than they probably should have thanks to solid three-point shooting. That was one of the more concerning signs out of Austin Peay. Even if Thomas More missed those shots — the vast majority were open looks. One way to negate Horton’s impact on the defensive end is to keep the ball out of the paint. Austin Peay’s guards have to be ready.
Former Belmont Bruins star Ian Clark is now with the World Champion Golden State Warriors, who you may have seen beat Memphis by 50 last night. Clark was a significant part of that effort, scoring a career-high 15 points on perfect 4-4 shooting, and going 6-6 at the free-throw line. There’s already a highlight reel on YouTube.
(Sorry, tried embedding the video on my site — but it was breaking the page on mobile. Click the link above to see the highlights. I’m working on a fix)
Tonight is Belmont’s “Meet the Bruins” night, immediately following the game, there will be a “MOB After Party,” which sounds pretty cool, and a “Student Section Training Section.”
Yeah, you read that right. Saw this while on facebook today:
Serious question here: is this a genius idea, or just hilarious. It’s better than leaving notes on how to cheer in the seats, right?