Few teams in the Ohio Valley Conference are harder to beat at home than Austin Peay.

The Colonels know that all too well.

They have just one win in the past 14 seasons in Clarksville, Tenn. They will try for their first win on the road against the Governors since 2005 when they take the court tonight at Dave Aaron Arena.

Game time set for 8:30 p.m.

“Austin Peay has been one of the toughest places to play in the conference for the last five years,” Eastern Kentucky University coach Jeff Neubauer said.

When the Colonels (14-7, 6-3 OVC) faced Peay the first time around, they withstood a late rally to top the Governors, 76-71. However, things have changed for Peay since then.

Tyrone Caldwell, who was only being used sparingly early in the season, has moved into a starting role. The Governors are still led in scoring by Wes Channels (16 ppg) and Anthony Campbell (15.6 ppg), but they have changed their offensive schematics quite a bit since the first meeting with the Colonels.

“They have played quite differently,” Neubauer said. “They have changed their game. They were playing with one post player, now they’re playing with two.”

The changes showed during Peay’s (11-10, 5-4 OVC) victory over Jacksonville State on Saturday. The Governors won, 66-64, in overtime in Jacksonville, Ala., where EKU lost, 68-65, on Jan. 7.

“They are trying different things and it had a lot to do with their win at Jacksonville State,” Neubauer said. “It will be interesting to see how our schemes do work against their new personnel groups. They are playing a much simpler game at the offensive end with ball screens. It’ll be interesting to see how we guard those.”

EKU is looking to bounce back from a 69-53 loss to Morehead State Saturday. The Colonels have only had back-to-back losses once this season, when they fell to Maryland and Ohio. Neubauer said a key to his team’s recovery lies in the experienced members, such as seniors Papa Oppong (the conference’s best three-point shooter at 49.4 percent) and Justin Stommes (team leader in points, with 14.7 per game, and assists, at 3.7, per game) of the team.

“I think we have very good leadership on this team and they have a confidence that has allowed them throughout the season to bounce back from adversity,” he said.

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