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Skyhawks tabbed 8th

Skyhawks tabbed 8th

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 12:02 pm

In a vote of Ohio Valley Conference head men’s basketball coaches and sports information directors, Austin Peay received 10 first-place votes and was picked as the favorite for the 2011-12 season.
Last season, Austin Peay won 20 games, advanced to the semifinals of the OVC Tournament and played in the College Basketball Invitational.
It marks the first time since the 2007-08 season that the Governors have been picked as the preseason favorite (the team went on to win the OVC Championship that year). Austin Peay received 185 total points, which was four points ahead of Tennessee Tech, which received eight total first-place votes and was picked second.
Defending regular season champion Murray State picked up three first-place votes and was picked third (169), Tennessee State was picked fourth (145), defending tournament champion Morehead State received the other first-place vote and was tabbed fifth (128) and was followed by Southeast Missouri (106), Eastern Kentucky (90), UT Martin (73), Eastern Illinois (67), Jacksonville State (40) and SIUE (27).
Last year, UT Martin tripled its win output, going from four wins in 2009-10 to 12 with a very young roster.
After a slow start, the Skyhawks won seven of its last 13 games, earned the No. 8 seed in the OVC Tournament and topped No. 5 Tennessee State in the first round before losing to eventual runner-up Tennessee Tech in the quarterfinals.
This year, Jason James has a team that will be just as young, as no player on the team has more than one year of Division I basketball experience and the squad only has one senior (Dane Smith).
Published in The WCP 10.27.11

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