More than mid-way though the Ohio Valley Conference schedule, the Colonels find themselves in an unfamiliar position.

EKU (11-12, 8-2) is in third place, trailing only traditional powers Murray State (10-0) and Austin Peay (10-0).

The Colonels have won five-straight games and are off to their best start in OVC play in 41 years.

"We've got to keep doing what we've been doing," EKU coach A.W. Hamilton said. "We've been playing with great togetherness and toughness. Our chemistry has been great. We've got to keep this going."

The Colonels are nearly in position already to clinch their first trip to the OVC Tournament since 2015, but the next two weekends will certainly have a big impact on their postseason outlook.

EKU is set to play four-straight road games, starting with a trip today to Eastern Illinois (11-11, 4-6).

Game time is set for 8:30 p.m.

"It's never easy on the road. Eastern Illinois is really good," Hamilton said. "They took us down to the wire when we played them here. We played lights out the last four minutes of the game and we were able to get a win. It's going to a big challenge."

EKU will take on SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday.

The Colonels already have wins over the Panthers and the Cougars this season -- but those games were at home a month ago.

"They were both grind-it-out kind of games," EKU freshman Michael Moreno said of the wins over EIU and SIUE. "We shouldn't feel too comfortable, especially on the road in the conference."

The Colonels beat the Panthers, 77-74, on Jan. 9 and defeated the Cougars, 78-72, on Jan. 11.

EKU got a challenge from last-place Southeast Missouri State on Saturday in Richmond.

Senior Lachlan Anderson came off the bench to hit a career-high six three-pointers in the win. He finished with a season-high 20 points.

Moreno led EKU with eight rebounds in the win over SEMO. Moreno has now lead the Colonels in rebounding in four of the last five games.

The Colonels amassed 28 steals in their two wins last week. EKU currently ranks seventh in the country in steals/game (9.6).

Senior Ty Taylor was voted OVC Co-Newcomer of the Week on Monday. Taylor averaged 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2.5 assists-per-game in the two wins over UT Martin and SEMO last week.

Eastern Illinois (11-11, 4-6 OVC) fell on the road at first-place teams Murray State and Austin Peay last week.

Josiah Wallace paces the Panthers at 13.1 points-per-game. This is the 42nd all-time meeting between EKU and Eastern Illinois. The Colonels lead the series, 23-18, and snapped a five-game losing streak to the Panthers last month.

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