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Austin Peay adds late commitment from Grambling State transfer Averyl Ugba

In just his fifth game at the Division I level, Averyl Ugba went for 26 points and 20 rebounds in an overtime loss against UTRGV. (Header Photo: Grambling State Athletics)

CLARKSVILLE, TN — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and teams are putting the final touches on their rosters.

Several teams have assembled their squads for this season, and are currently on international exhibition tours to try and get their players on the same page in advance of the year. Others are still at home, looking for that final piece to the puzzle that could lead them to a conference title and/or a post-season berth.

The transfer market has thinned out considerably, but there are still some intriguing players available who can either help immediately or in 2018-19.

On Saturday afternoon, another player came off the table, and one of America’s favourite teams from the 2016 NCAA Tournament picked up some forward depth as they look to push for an Ohio Valley Conference title in 2017-18.

The Austin Peay Governors added transfer forward Averyl Ugba, who is immediately eligible for the 2017-18 season. Continue reading Austin Peay adds late commitment from Grambling State transfer Averyl Ugba

Monday’s in the MEAC: Teams face tough non-conference slates, North Carolina Central reloads, and more

LeVelle Moton has reloaded the North Carolina Central Eagles for 2017-18, as they aim to defend their MEAC title. (Source: Alchetron)

CALGARY, Alta. — Another Monday has arrived, and with it comes more news from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The 2017-18 season is another week closer, and things are slowly starting to fall into place for teams all across the country. Schedules are coming out, and we are getting a clearer picture as to how things will play out as the road to March Madness gets underway on November 10th.

A quiet week on the recruiting trail for the MEAC doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about.

From an intriguing home-and-home series to the defending champions reloading their roster, here’s how things are shaping up for the 2017-18 campaign.
Continue reading Monday’s in the MEAC: Teams face tough non-conference slates, North Carolina Central reloads, and more

Jacksonville State adds former ACC guard for 2018-19 season

Jacksonville State head coach Ray Harper and the rest of the Gamecocks picked up a commitment from Ty Hudson on Friday, who was once a highly-touted recruit who struggled to find his groove in his first two years at Clemson. (Source: AL.com)

JACKSONVILLE, Al. — The Jacksonville State Gamecocks are coming off a banner year for the program, and folks around the country are taking notice of the program.

Fresh off their Ohio Valley Conference tournament title and berth to the NCAA Tournament, the Gamecocks aren’t sneaking up on people this season. Many expect Jacksonville State to contend for the regular season crown in the OVC, and they’ll be looking to make back-to-back appearances in the Big Dance.

Their success on the hardwood has translated to some success on the transfer market this off-season. The Gamecocks have already added senior guard Detrick Mostella to the mix, as he transferred from the Tennessee Volunteers.

Late Thursday night, it was announced via Twitter that the Gamecocks added another player with power conference experience to the mix for the 2018-19 campaign.

According to Tai Young of Verbal Commits, guard Ty Hudson has committed to join the Gamecocks. Continue reading Jacksonville State adds former ACC guard for 2018-19 season

Ohio Valley Conference Championship Preview: Jacksonville State takes on UT-Martin

After knocking off the top-seeded Belmont Bruins on Friday, Malcolm Drumwright and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks will look to secure their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth on Saturday against the UT-Martin Skyhawks in the Ohio Valley Conference championship.
After knocking off the top-seeded Belmont Bruins on Friday, Malcolm Drumwright and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks will look to secure their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth on Saturday against the UT-Martin Skyhawks in the Ohio Valley Conference championship.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two of the three teams from the Ohio Valley Conference who have never appeared in the NCAA Tournament will square off on Saturday night in the conference championship.

The winner will advance to their first-ever NCAA Tournament, and will get to experience the joys of hearing their name called on Selection Sunday as a part of the field of 68.

Inside the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Saturday night at 8:00pm EST, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks will take on the regular season West Division leaders, the UT-Martin Skyhawks. It’s a slightly unexpected final pairing, as the Gamecocks eliminated the top-seeded Belmont Bruins in the semifinals.

Both teams have been playing some of their basketball at the right time. But, outside of the hardcore basketball fan, many won’t know much about the two teams taking part in the finale.

Here’s what you need to know about both teams heading into Saturday’s championship contest. Continue reading Ohio Valley Conference Championship Preview: Jacksonville State takes on UT-Martin

RECAP: Southeast Missouri State comes back to down Tennessee State in overtime, 78-75

Freshman Denzel Mahoney scored a game-high 34 points on Wednesday, but it was another freshman who came up big in the closing seconds of Southeast Missouri State's 78-75 win over Tennessee State in the OVC Tournament. (Source: SE Missouri State Basketball)
Freshman Denzel Mahoney scored a career-high 34 points on Wednesday, but it was another freshman who came up big in the closing seconds of Southeast Missouri State’s 78-75 win over Tennessee State in the OVC Tournament. (Source: SE Missouri State Basketball)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tahj Eaddy may only be a freshman, but he showed on Wednesday night that he is poised beyond his years.

In the Music City, the Ohio Valley Conference tournament opened up with a match-up featuring the Tennessee State Tigers and the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.

Despite both teams boasting a high-profile senior guard, in Tahjere McCall for the Tigers and Antonius Cleveland for the Redhawks, two freshmen stole the show in the end. The veterans played a big role in the outcome, but ultimately it came to one big shot from a first-year player to give his team the win.

Tennessee State led by as many as 14 points early in the second half, but a 17-5 run brought the Redhawks back into the game, and they would keep the momentum going the rest of the way. Continue reading RECAP: Southeast Missouri State comes back to down Tennessee State in overtime, 78-75

RECAP: Eastern Illinois squanders 11-point lead, falls to Murray State, 83-72

Photo courtesy of Eastern Illinois Panthers athletics.

CHARLESTON, Ill. — On February 25, 2016, the Eastern Illinois Panthers welcomed Murray State into Lantz Arena for a nationally televised showdown. 2,000+ fans packed inside the cozy home of the Panthers and were treated to an 85-74 victory, which was by far the most impressive win of the season.

In the Racers’ first trip back, two newcomers, Terrell Miller Jr. and Jonathan Stark, avoided a repeat result, jockeying Murray State to an 83-72 vengeful win.

“When you rely on jumpers, it will come and go,” said Eastern Illinois head coach Jay Spoonhour. “We don’t really have guys that make plays off the bounce real well.

“Our stuff is ending in a jumper. And, jumpers are fickle. They (Murray State) are able to take it and go force you to foul.” Continue reading RECAP: Eastern Illinois squanders 11-point lead, falls to Murray State, 83-72