Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team will conclude its road trip to Tennessee today against long-time rival Austin Peay.
The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and will air live on ESPN+.
The Colonels (12-8, 5-2 ASUN) will be looking to bounce back after a 75-62 loss on Thursday at Lipscomb. Since joining the ASUN, EKU has struggled on the road against league opponents, posting a 1-11 record.
The Colonels are 2-6 overall in true road games this season, but are 9-1 at Alumni Coliseum.
EKU carried a four-game winning streak into the match-up with Lipscomb — during which the team shot 42 percent from three-point range during their winning streak.
On Thursday, though, the Colonels made only 4-of-28 from deep (16 percent).
Freshman Leland Walker led the team with 17 points against Lipscomb. He also had three rebounds and three assists. Walker has 19 assists in his last four games.
EKU is 30th in the country in blocks per game (4.90). Isaiah Cozart is first in the ASUN, and 21st in the nation, in blocks (2.20 bpg).
Blanton is seventh in the ASUN in scoring (15.40 ppg), fourth in field goal percentage (45.2 percent) and 12th in rebounding (6.30 rpg).
Michael Moreno had a season-high 12 rebounds at Lipscomb, just one short of his career-best.
Austin Peay is 8-12 and 2-5 in the ASUN.
The Governors have lost three-straight after beating Florida Gulf Coast (61-59) and Central Arkansas (86-62) in back-to-back home games.
APSU was held to 45 points in a loss at home to Bellarmine on Thursday. The Govs shot 36 percent from the field and made just 6-of-26 (23 percent) from deep. Guy Fauntleroy had a team-high 10 points.
Austin Peay is 25th in the nation in free throw percentage (76.3), but only goes to the line an average of 16.6 times per game which is 250th in the country. The Governors were 7-for-7 from the stripe against Bellarmine.
Sean Durugordon (12.9 ppg), a 6-foot-5 guard who previously played at Missouri, and Elijah Hutchins-Everett (12.4 ppg), a 6-foot-11, 255-pound center, lead the team in scoring and rebounding. The sophomore duo average 6.1 rebounds per game.
As a team, APSU averages 69 points per game and has allowed 71 per contest. The Governors have made 42 percent of their shots from the field, but have allowed their opponents to shot 48 percent.
Austin Peay leads the all-time series with EKU, 65-55, but the Colonels have won seven of the past 11 meetings. The Governors have a 38-19 edge in games played in Clarksville.
In the most recent meeting, EKU held on to beat Austin Peay, 70-67, in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament on March 4, 2021 in Evansville, Ind.
Wendell Green Jr. finished with a game-high 23 points to go along with six steals and five assists. Cooper Robb connected on three three-pointers and tallied 11 points. Devontae Blanton came off the bench to record 11 points, four rebounds, one block and one steal. Terry Taylor paced Austin Peay with 19 points and 16 rebounds.
Colonels set to take on N.Florida
The Colonels (10-8) will carry an eight-game home winning streak into a match-up with ASUN rival North Florida today at Alumni Coliseum.
Game time is set for 2 p.m. The game will air on ESPN+.
EKU’s game with Jacksonville University on Thursday in Richmond was postponed because the Dolphins did not have enough eligible players. It has been rescheduled for noon on Monday.
The Colonels are 3-2 in the ASUN, with home wins over Kennesaw State, Stetson, and Bellarmine. The Colonels are amongst the leaders in the ASUN in over 17 statistical categories, including leading the league in assists per game (17.2), free throw percentage (.768), made free throws per game (13.9), scoring offense (79.2), and turnovers forced per game (20.2).
Antwainette Walker leads the Colonels through the first five games of conference play, sitting inside the top-25 of seven NCAA statistical categories. Walker leads the ASUN in double-doubles (10), field goal percentage (.493), made field goals (143), made free throws (56), points (344), points per game (21.5), rebounds (159), rebounds per game (9.9), steals (44), and steals per game (2.7).
Emma Hacker and Ariel Kirkwood have both moved into the EKU all-time career block top-10 list this season, both averaging over 1.2 blocks per game.
Danielle Rainey recorded the first triple-double in EKU program history with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Colonels 110-49 win over Alice Lloyd.
With a team-leading five assists on the road last week at Bellarmine, Alice Recanati joined the EKU all-time career assist top-10 list this season at 231 and counting.
North Florida (5-11) is 2-4 in ASUN play. The Osprey suffered a 66-59 loss on Thursday against Bellarmine in Louisville.
UNF has Division I wins over Bethune-Cookman, Queens, and Liberty. The Ospreys had a challenging non-conference slate with losses to Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.), Auburn, and Alabama all on the road.
Lyric Swann leads North Florida with 15.2 points per game, scoring double-figures in 11-of-13 (.846) of games this year, season-high 27 points against Trinity Baptist.
Forward Emma Broermann leads UNF with 7.0 rebounds per game, she’s recorded 10-or-more rebounds three times this year, a season-high 15 against Lipscomb.
The Ospreys lead the all-time series with EKU, 2-0.