Belmont still unbeaten in OVC; Eastern 9th

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

There is now just over a month to go in the regular season for the men’s basketball teams of the OVC.

In a season that has been frequently affected by COVID-19, not every team is in the same situation.

Four teams have played 10 conference games, one team has played nine, four have played eight, two teams have played seven, and one team has played just three.

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville is the team that has just played three conference games after dealing with COVID issues for much of the season. The Cougars went from Dec. 18 to Jan. 21 without playing any games and have gone 1-1 since beginning to play again.

Belmont has continued to lead the OVC this season. The Bruins are 10-0 in conference play this season and have won 13 games in a row overall. They have not lost an OVC game in just over a calendar year with their last loss occurring on Jan. 25, 2020, against Austin Peay and have since won their last 22 conference games.

Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State are also on sizable winning streaks.

Eastern Kentucky has won eight games in a row overall and six straight in conference play. The Colonels are in second place in the OVC and are 7-1 in OVC play.

Morehead State is in third place with an 8-2 conference record and has won seven conference games in a row.

Eastern is one of the two teams in the OVC that is on a lengthy losing streak.

The Panthers have lost five OVC games in a row, falling to 2-6 in conference play in the process.

The only other team in the OVC to have lost more consecutive games is Tennessee-Martin, who is in last place with a 1-7 conference record. The Skyhawks have lost seven conference games in a row and nine in a row overall.

Individually, the same three players lead the OVC in both points and rebounds.

Austin Peay’s Terry Taylor leads the conference in points (21.2 per game) and rebounds (10.8 per game). Eastern Kentucky’s Tre King is second in points (17.6 per game) and third in rebounds (8 per game) and Tennessee-Martin’s Cameron Holden is third in points (17 per game) and second in rebounds (8.2 per game).

  Eastern’s Josiah Wallace is fourth in the OVC in scoring, averaging 16.1 points per game.


Adam Tumino can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]