Friday, January 25, 2013

OVC Update

Last night, Murray State went down to Cookeville, Tennessee, and found themselves trailing the homestanding Tennessee Tech Eagles 26-20 at the half.  They were still behind 32-27 with only 12:53 left, but then they closed the game on a 20-7 run to pull out a hard-fought 47-39 victory.  Murray is having to win with defense these days -- they have made only 31.3 percent of their three-point shots in conference play, and their offense is sputtering.

Meanwhile, as I feared, Belmont is rolling through the OVC.  But it hasn't all been easy.  Last night, they went to Morehead and were down 61-53 with 4:34 left in the game.  But they rallied like champions, and survived their trip to Rowan County by the score of 64-63.

We should also give a shout out to Eastern, which has already beaten Murray State at Murray, and whose only conference loss was by 7 points at Belmont.  The Colonels get their chance for revenge against Belmont on Saturday, and that should be a really great game.

As usual, the standings show conference games only.  The numbers next to each team represent Ken Pomeroy's rankings

36.  Belmont:   7-0
113.  E. Kentucky:  6-1
180.  Tennessee St:  6-2
193.  Morehead St:  4-3
213.  Jacksonville St:  5-4
310.  Tennessee Tech:  1-6

119.  Murray St:  6-1
266.  SIU-Edwardsville:  3-4
262.  SE Missouri St:  3-5
308.  E. Illinois:  2-6
313.  Austin Peay:  1-6
335.  UT-Martin:  1-7


  1. I think Belmont is going to be to the OVC what Gonzaga is to the West Coast Conference -- as a program, it's just on a different level from the rest of the OVC. Furthermore, since the OVC Tournament is in Nashville, Belmont will always have a home court advantage.

    Murray went 4-18 from three-point range against Jacksonville State. So far, the Racers have made only 30.4 percent of their three-point shots in OVC play. Last year, they made 40.0 percent of their three-pointers against OVC competition.

    Similarly, UK made 41.3 percent of their three-pointers in SEC play last year. This year, in six SEC games, the Cats have made only 31.8 percent of their three-point shots.