Update on OVC men’s basketball teams

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

The 2020-21 college basketball season is underway, and 10 of the 12 teams in the OVC have participated in games so far.

With a shortened non-conference schedule and extended conference season, the teams of the OVC have less time to tune up before conference play begins. So far they have had mixed results, albeit playing against different levels of opponents.

Six of the teams that have played games have winning records, led by Belmont at 3-0.

The Bruins participated in the Pardise Jam, which was held in Washington D.C. this season instead of in the Virgin Islands, and went 3-0, beating Howard, George Mason and Queens University of Charlotte.

The only other OVC team to have three wins this season is Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks have four games under their belt, all taking place in Alabama.

They lost their opener to Alabama before sweeping the Goldie and Herman Ungar Memorial Tournament in Mobile, beating Florida Atlantic, South Alabama and University of Mobile.

Murray State is 1-0 so far, but made headlines with their victory. They beat Greenville 173-95. Their 173 points are tied for the fourth-most points in Division I men’s basketball history. They also set a new Division I record with 45 assists.

Of the teams that have played, only Eastern and Tennessee Tech are winless, but those losses have come against tough opponents.

Eastern has lost to No. 7 Wisconsin and Marquette while Tennessee Tech has lost to Indiana and Chattanooga.

Individually, Austin Peay’s Terry Taylor was named OVC Player of the Week for the first week of the season.

Last season’s OVC Player of the Year, Taylor has become a mainstay on the Player of the Week leaderboard. He has earned the honor 13 times, two shy of the all-time record held by former Morehead State and NBA player Kenneth Faried.

Taylor averaged 22.7 points and 12.7 rebounds per game in the Governor’s three games this season.

 

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