RICHMOND, Ky. - After a weekend that more than teased the Austin Peay State University basketball faithful, the Governors face the cold hard reality. For their streak to reach 29 straight years participating in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, the Govs must win their final three OVC contests.
And for APSU to potentially achieve the desired six OVC wins, the first step may be the most difficult. The Governors head to Richmond, Ky., Wednesday, to play the league's hottest team. After a recent lull, Eastern Kentucky is amidst a five-game winning streak. The Colonels scored 80 points in each of their home wins last weekend against Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State. That was preceded by an impressive 21-point road win at Morehead State.
In other words, the Colonels are on a roll. They are just one game behind Belmont in the OVC East standings at 11-3, with a 21-6 overall record. Fans have taken to this team, having drawn more than 5,000 on two separate occasions.
If the Govs are to continue its success, they must continue to display the traits that appeared last weekend. Notorious all season long for slow starts, the Govs jumped out to an 18-6 lead at Eastern Iliinois and then two nights later exploded to a 28-6 early advantage.
APSU was able to win at EIU with its first and third leading scorers, Travis Betran and Will Triggs combining for just 11 points. Then at SIUE, the Govs pounded the Cougars on the boards by a 40-22 edge as Edwardsville, Ill., natives Anthony Campbell and Will Triggs enjoyed their trip home. Campbell, in fact, in his return to his home state earned OVC Player of the Week honors after tallying a pair of 20-point efforts.
- This is Dave Loos' 23rd season as Austin Peay head coach and he is 370-330 at APSU-the winningest basketball coach in Ohio Valley Conference history-while 452-383 all-time in his 27th season as a college head coach
- Austin Peay was picked to finish third behind Murray State and Southeast Missouri in the newly-formed OVC West Division in the preseason poll.
- This is the thirds of a four-game road trek that also will take the Govs to Liberty for the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters series.
- The Govs enter the game having not only capturing their first road wins of 2012-13 but also gaining their first two-game winning streak this season.
- Not only did the Governors capture road wins at Eastern Illinois and SIU Edwardsville, but they never trailed in either game as well.
- Eastern Kentucky comes with a 21-6 record, with a 10-3 OVC record. The Colonels already have clinched an OVC tourney berth.
- The Colonels come in amidst a five-game winning streak after dispatching Jacksonville State, Saturday night. EKU has not lost a game in February.
- This is the first 20-win season--eighth overall--under eighth-year head coach Jeff Neubauer.
- In guards Glenn Cosey (15.5 ppg) and Corey Walden (12.1 ppg) Eastern Kentucky has two of the league's top newcomers.
- Senior point guard Mike DiNunno (15.5 ppg, 4.2 apg) is one of the OVC's most efficient performers.