After a rough road trip, the Colonels return to the friendly confines of McBrayer Arena looking to get back on track.

Eastern Kentucky University (10-8, 5-5 OVC) dropped two inside the Ohio Valley Conference last weekend to Jacksonville State (5-14, 3-7) and Samford (11-8, 8-2).

And have another stiff opponent in Tennessee State (9-10, 5-4) coming to Richmond today. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.

“It is good to come back home obviously we played at home two weeks ago against Morehead and Eastern Illinois and we played pretty well,” EKU coach Jeff Neubauer said. “Hopefully just getting home and having a day off here today and then a couple of days to prepare for Thursday will put is in the right frame of mind and get us ready to play.”

Against the Gamecocks, the Colonels could not score for the last three minutes as JSU went on a 10-0 run.

Then on Saturday against another defensive minded Samford team, EKU took a slim 19-17 lead at halftime. However, the Bulldogs finally got on track offensively during a 16-0 spurt. They hit six-of-seven shots and forced three turnovers while gaining control of the game.

Tennessee State comes in winning four of its last five games with the lose, 92-78, to Southeast Missouri State (7-13, 5-6) last Thursday.

The four wins have been against Eastern Illinois (5-16, 1-11), Jacksonville State, Samford and Fisk University.

“Tennessee State is certainly one of the more talented teams in the league. We were fortunate to get a split with them last year,” Neubauer said. “They’ve got talented guys, Clarence Matthews (12.7 points per game) is easily one of the best players in this league and he’s not even leading them in scoring — Ladarious Weaver (14.7 ppg) is.”

And before a 61-58 win over EIU last Saturday, the Tigers were 0-9 on the road.

“It was a very big win for us,” TSU coach Cy Alexander said. “Hopefully that will give our young people some confidence that we have the ability to win on the road because we’ve been close at Morehead. We’ve been close at Martin. Just to get the win the attitude was just one of elation in the locker room and hopefully that will care over as we get ready to play at Eastern Kentucky on Thursday.”

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