James Horne of the Clarksville (TN) Leaf Chronicle is the RTC correspondent for the Ohio Valley Conference.
Current OVC Standings (as of Dec. 4, 2009)
- Murray State (1-0, 6-1)
- Eastern Illinois (1-0, 4-2)
- Austin Peay (1-0, 4-4)
- Morehead State (1-0, 2-3)
- Tennessee Tech (0-0, 3-5)
- Jacksonville State (0-0, 2-4)
- Eastern Kentucky (0-1, 5-2)
- Southeast Missouri State (0-1, 2-6)
- UT Martin (0-1, 1-4)
- Tennessee State (0-1, 1-7)
- SIU Edwardsville (0-0, 0-6)
THIS WEEK IN THE OVC
LOOS ASCENDS: Undoubtedly the biggest story in the OVC this week is about a coach. Austin Peay’s Dave Loos just won the 400th game of his 24-year career in the Govs’ 76-71 overtime win over Southeast Missouri on Dec. 3. That made him 400-318 all-time. With a victory over EIU on Dec. 5, Loos would tie would tie Cal Luther – former coach at Murray State and UT Martin – for the most victories in OVC history with 319. Loos has been with Austin Peay for 20 seasons and owns a 318-265 record. Loos is already Austin Peay’s all-time winningest coach.
EAGLES VS. RACERS: The two teams picked to win the OVC this year meet for the first time in Murray, Ky., on Dec. 5. Both defending champion Morehead State and Murray State were the preseason choice to win the league as both gained 10 first-place votes and 154 points. The Racers have actually won six in a row since a season-opening loss five-point loss to No. 12 California. Murray State has won those five games by an average of 32.2 points. Morehead State junior Kenneth Faried had his third double-double in four games this season, scoring 12 points and pulling down 15 rebounds in 34 minutes of play in a loss to Kent State on Nov 29. Faried has had a double-double in every game except the team’s season-opening loss at No. 4 Kentucky.