Morehead State (8-9) at Eastern Kentucky (13-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Paul S. McBrayer Arena (6,500) -- Richmond, Kentucky. Television: None. Home Record: MSU 7-2, EKU 9-0. Away Record: MSU 1-7, EKU 4-3. Neutral Record: MSU 0-0, EKU 0-0. Conference Record: MSU 2-1, EKU 3-0. Series Record: Eastern Kentucky leads, 104-74.
GAME NOTES: A perfect 9-0 at home this season, the Eastern Kentucky Colonels try to keep the good times rolling at McBrayer Arena on Saturday night as they host a familiar foe in the Morehead State Eagles in Ohio Valley Conference action.
Not only is EKU undefeated at home this season, the team also sports the best overall record in the OVC at 13-3. The squad was most recently in action on Wednesday night when it dominated Murray State in a 77-65 final on the road. The win was the third in a row and the fourth in five tries for a program that opened the 2012-13 campaign on a nine-game win streak.
As for the Eagles, they too were on the hardwood three nights ago as they challenged Austin Peay on the road, but unfortunately the outcome was not nearly as favorable as the team suffered an 84-81 overtime loss. The defeat ended a three-game win streak for Morehead State and dropped the squad to one game under .500 overall, not to mention a mere 1-7 on the road.
In a relationship that dates back eight decades, the Colonels own a 104-74 advantage in the series with Morehead State, although it was the Eagles who won the most recent meeting last season by a score of 58-45.
Morehead State trailed by as many as 21 points late in the first half against Austin Peay and even though the Eagles lost by three in overtime, it was still a miracle that they were able to fight all the way back in the first place. Bakari Turner gave the squad a lift off the bench with his 19 points, shooting 5-of-10 beyond the arc, followed by Drew Kelly and Milton Chavis with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Chad Posthumus recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Maurice Lewis-Briggs came up two boards shy of his own double-double as he dropped in 10 points as well. Morehead State epitomizes the team concept through 17 games with just one player scoring in double figures (Chavis, 12.4 ppg) while having as many as nine scoring at least five points per contest. Granted, the Eagles don't have a winning record at the moment, but they are still outscoring the competition on average.
Corey Walden and Mike DiNunno both tallied 20 points for the Colonels on Wednesday night at the CFSB Center, as the team shot 50.9 percent from the field and 92.9 percent at the free-throw line in order to come away with the 12-point win over host Murray State. Also scoring in double figures for EKU was Tarius Johnson who tallied 17 points and pulled down a team-best seven rebounds for the squad. Not in action on Wednesday was Glenn Cosey, who leads the team in scoring with 15.0 ppg and is also one of the top assist men in the conference with 50 dishes, compared to only 19 turnovers. DiNunno (14.6 ppg) actually leads the team in assists with 67, but in his case he has far too many miscues (35). Between the pair they not only keep the rest of the offense moving, but they've combined for 85 3-point baskets which is a huge portion of the team's contributions out on the perimeter.
Depending on the status of Cosey, this is a game that the Colonels should be able to put in the win column due to their success at home, compounded by the issues that Morehead State has on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Eastern Kentucky 71, Morehead State 66
01/12 10:44:04 ET