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What's up in the Valley!

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Eastern Illinois travels to #47 Dayton and nearly pulls off the upset against their Atlantic-10 foe, losing 66-69!

I know it's early in the season but there have been some pretty competitive games against some very stiff competition this year.

Is the OVC turning the corner? Only time will tell, but I like what I'm seeing so far - for the most part.
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75...It may be more of the overall quality of the mid major teams now..

Case in point ...Richmond's kicking in puke's teeth the other day. We'll see but I sure like the trend. If this continues the Power Five annual Funfest selection committee will actually have to do their job next spring. The automatic inclusion of 7-8 teams from the Power Five conferences would cause an apoplectic reaction from the sports scribes who actually pay attention not to mention the fan reaction.

They just couldnt justify the ignoring of mid majors if they keep this up. Keeping my fingers crossed but as my Mom always said....We'll see.
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I hope you're right Swede, but from my point of view selection has way more to do with money, power, and school size than merit.
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Racer2112 wrote: Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:35 am I hope you're right Swede, but from my point of view selection has way more to do with money, power, and school size than merit.
No question about it, your right on tha one Racer.
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We probably won't make it, but I think our team is definitely talented enough to finish in the top 4 which is what you need to do to have a realistic shot of winning the tournament. The Racers, Bruins, and Govs are always tough and then EKU looks pretty promising early on. I think Jax State could also be a threat again this year too.

I don't think the OVC is that bad of a league most years to be fair. The top 3 seeds are usually as good as any other mid major conferences' top 3. The middle usually isn't too bad either. The problem is that the bottom 4 or 5 tend to be just really bad and that drags the league down in RPI and now NET unfortunately.
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JSU falls behind 0-11 to start the game @ Florida International. :doh:

They've spurred their way back into the game and trail 35-38 at the half. :salute:


Peay having an easy go so far with Carver. They lead 54-22 at the half. :roll:
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JSU up 66-59 with 4:24 to go in the 2nd half, on the road.

FWIW, FIU is 3-0 on the season. 2 wins against Flagler and 1 against Central Michigan (who lost by 19 to Flagler.)

Massey gives JSU a 33% chance of winning. :shrug:
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Massey knows a few things.

JSU loses 70-74 @ FIU. :doh:
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We just beat UW Green Bay 93-91 at the buzzer in double overtime! Missed a lot of free throws so we definitely need to work on that.

SIUE had a huge second half against Omaha and even took the lead late, but couldn't quite pull it off.
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Omaha eeks out a road win @ SIUe 65-63. SIUe's Adewunmi with a dbl-dbl.

EIU eeks out a road win @ Green Bay 93-91. EIU's Wallace had 27 points.

Samford wins big on the road @ Belmont 96-83! SU's Gordon with a dbl-dbl. Going to watch this later and see what the Bruins' Bane is.

Murray State keeps the home winning streak alive besting a determined Illinois State team 76-65! MSU's Brown 1 rebound shy of a dbl-dbl.

On the season, OVC teams are 15-20 42.86% but many of the losses were very close games. If this trend continues, the OVC may be rounding the corner. SIUe looks like a dangerous team to me right now.

And Hey!.....Go Racers!!!
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Eastern Illinois looks like a pretty dangerous team this year. Could be in a surprising position come March.
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murraygrad05 wrote: Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:28 am Eastern Illinois looks like a pretty dangerous team this year. Could be in a surprising position come March.
This. They will be as tough an opponent in conference as we play all year I’d wager.
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So far this season, the OVC as a whole is 41 spots better than they were at the end of last year's season.

The remarkable part about this is that Murray State (+36) and Belmont (+89) are the only 2 teams in the conference whose ranking is less right now than at season's end last year. Take these 2 teams out of the equation and the rest of the conference is 62 places better, on average, than at the end of last year.

I hope this trend continues.
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Tennessee Tech loses a heartbreaker @ unbeaten-at-home Western Carolina 75-76 in Overtime!

Tech's Jr. Clay with 20 Pts / 4 Ast.
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Jacksonville State's game @ Florida International was cancelled.
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Conference play starts today believe it or not. From what I've seen so far I think EKU looks like the team to beat so far, but we'll see. I don't think Murray State and Belmont look quite as strong as usual, and Austin Peay hasn't amazed me yet. It's still early though and I'm sure all three will vastly improve as the season goes on. I am encouraged that some of the bottom dwellers look better this year. I have a feeling things might be more even this year which should make for some exciting games.
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I don’t know about EIU being the team to beat, but they’re certainly playing really good basketball right now.
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Bethel, TN @ UT-Martin has been cancelled.

Morehead State (1-3) is at Eastern Kentucky (3-1) and tips off at 6:00 PM Central.
EKU is favored (Massey 77-69) [Sagarin -11.32]

Lipscomb (0-3 away) @ SEMO (0-1 home) tips off @ 6:30 PM Central.
SEMO is favored (Massey 72-70) [Sagarin +9.37]
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Tennessee State will be playing it's 1st game of the season @ Belmont tomorrow!
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