Austin Peay (7-17/2-7) vs. Eastern Illinois (14-10/7-4)
Thursday, February 12th, 2015 | 5:15pm CT
Clarksville, TN | Dunn Center
Clarksville, TN – Both Austin Peay and Eastern Illinois have struggled since the two teams met in late January.
After the Governors victory, January 24th, they have come home to lose four straight and have fallen to 2-8 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Eastern Illinois, which entered that weekend unbeaten in the OVC, have gone 1-2 in league play since. But the 6-0 league start still has the Panthers solidly in third place in the OVC West.
Last summer the OVC and its athletics directors agreed to schedule more doubleheader basketball games during the season.
As a part of this agreement, APSU is obligated to meet federal gender-equity and Title IX scheduling requirements where game start times for men and women alternate during the season, giving both team opportunities for what is considered prime times. Originally, two were scheduled but the second one—against UT Martin, February 5th, but the Skyhawks and Lady Govs elected to play February 4th.
The Governors come desperately needing wins if they entertain any hope of gaining an OVC tourney berth. The current 7th- and 8th-place teams, Southeast Missouri and SIU Edwardsville both have six losses.
The Govs are coming off an 82-72 loss to Murray State in a game the Govs rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit to get within striking distance of the OVC-unbeaten Racers. Khalil Davis led the Govs with 23 points and 11 rebounds—his second double-double this season. Chris Horton added 16 points and 15 rebounds—his season’s 14th double-double, ranking seventh nationally.
Trae Anderson, who had 19 points against the Governors in the earlier meeting, posted his second double-double of the season on Saturday at Southeast Missouri with careers in points (25) and rebounds (12).
The junior college transfer has become the team leader in scoring at 13 points per game with that average climbing to 16.3 points per game in OVC play.
The Panthers have been playing without 6-8 forward Chris Olivier, who has been out since the first APSU-EIU contest, with mononucleosis.
In addition, top bench threat Reggie Smith missed last week’s two games with the flu.
The More You Know
The Series: This is the 42nd meeting between Austin Peay and Eastern Illinois, a pair of Ohio Valley Conference West foes, with the Governors holding a 26-15 advantage. The Govs have won the last two contests, the most recent a 56-52, January 24th, in Charleston, IL.
What A Win Would Mean: The Govs would improve to 8-17…they would gain their second OVC home victory…they would improve to 3-8 in league play…they would improve to 6-6 at home this season…they would snap a four-game losing streak…it would be APSU’s third win of 2015… they would go to 1-2 in February…they would improve to 27-15 all-time Eastern Illinois…it would be their third straight win in the series…it would make Dave Loos 27-15 all-time against Eastern Illinois…it would make Loos 4-2 all-time against current EIU coach Jay Spoonhour.
What A Loss Would Mean: The Govs would fall to 7-18 overall…it would be their fifth straight loss…it would drop the Govs to 2-9 in the OVC…the Govs would slip to 5-7 at home… they would go to 0-3 in February…it would be the Govs fifth straight home defeat…APSU would fall to 1-6 against the OVC West…Loos would drop to 472-422 overall and 390-369 as the Governors head coach.
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