First time in the Murray facility tonight, very nice place and nice people as well. Only complaint was difficult to hear PA in nosebleed section.
However, It was 5 on 8 for us tonight unbelievable home cooking, but wouldn't have mattered in second half.
APSU had great year, but not quite there yet. Adams is the real deal, but others disappeared in second half. We have created a herculean task now playing the toughest out on Thursday, then Murray again on Friday in their second home court and then Saturday if we happen to survive the bludgeoning in the late game Friday.
I suspect we have given Belmont the bid, certainly that number 1 seed is most valuable in a 3 team league this year with a double bye.
By the last 10 minutes tonight I could recite the PA guy before he said it, foul on Austin Peay every 30-45 seconds and I counted about 5 uncalled over the backs when we rebounded the defensive boards.
That didn't cause the loss, our best were sub par excepting Adams who continues to amaze me. Dude is probably going to league soon.
In the biggest game in a few years, OVC title and number 1 seed, we disappeared tonight, but all are back next year so future looking up.
Last Edit: Feb 29, 2020 23:10:11 GMT -6 by Doverkid
Frankly I think the crowd , Murray coach and environment creates the issue with officials who generally are bad all around just worse under that sort of pressure in the environment
I also think that Murray is coached to be and is very physical and the no calls are actually more damaging than the calls
And on occasion when they were called you would have thought someone died from the crowd and coach
Most especially rebounding , I cannot recall more contact over the back when the Peay player had position as they are well coached to do, in fact I think that most could have been called fouls and the Murray front court would have been sitting by halftime but they would have backed off and it would have been different
Having said all of that Murray deserved the win their best showed up and ours didn’t
In a different venue next week with different seeding I like Peays chances in 2 games
Post by sycamorefan96 on Mar 1, 2020 7:05:36 GMT -6
If Peay makes it to Friday I think they will have a better shot at winning then they did in Murray last night. With a huge crowd like that I definitely didn't expect Austin Peay to win. Murray State will no doubt have a lot of fans at Evansville but I am expecting it to be more like 2018 than last season.
I actually thought the officiating was evenly called. It wasn't great but officiating has been bad everywhere this year.
Worse part of the game was having to listen to the backup Murray State radio guy. Anytime Murray State does anything good he gets way overly excited. I have to watch their games on mute because he just gets on my nerves.
Regardless congrats to both Austin Peay and Murray State on great seasons! It was a fun game to watch. I am hoping that EIU can beat JSU so we can take another shot at Austin Peay on Thursday.
I didn't watch the game, but wasn't surprised by the outcome. We haven't won a meaningful road game all year and until we're able to win with consistency on the road, expectations should be tempered.
Overall, pleased with the progress under coach Figgers and hopeful he can recruit to keep pace with Murray and Belmont.
As for the physical play of Murray, that is one of the elements of winning basketball - imposing your will on the opponent.
One last item: I've seen multiple references to missed over the back calls. I've been a basketball official for many years and there is no such thing as an over the back call. A player can reach over the top of a player to get or attempt a rebound as long as no advantage is gained from pushing/holding the opponent.
......One last item: I've seen multiple references to missed over the back calls. I've been a basketball official for many years and there is no such thing as an over the back call. A player can reach over the top of a player to get or attempt a rebound as long as no advantage is gained from pushing/holding the opponent.
I have an idiot that sits directly behind me who yells “over the back” all night long anytime somebody reaches over a player’s back regardless of contact. Drives me nuts.
Cannot disagree, its contact I speaking of, watch the game and see.
I saw both games live, and it was definitely called more advantageous to Murray in Murray. As noted, that probably should be expected.
Now then, as mentioned previously, with Evansville being second home for Murray (when does that nightmare end- Evansville) and having to play three increasingly difficult opponents to dance, like I said, its been a good season.
Evansville ain’t going anywhere. I was told last night by a fella who had a long convo with the commissioner and she’s fully onboard with Evansville. Why wouldn’t she be? Bigger crowds = more $ and at a more fan affordable, centrally located, appropriately sized, modern venue in an uncrowded and safer city. It ain’t rocket science here. Now if the schools agree and I believe the majority are onboard too.
Besides, giving Belmont perennial home advantage is stupid.
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BTW I forgot to mention this, Jordyn Adams is the best player in the league and it really isn’t all that close. I’ve seen a few elite level guards up close in my day and he’s the goods, best of luck keeping him 3 more seasons lol. Taylor is a great player and all but I wouldn’t trade KJ Williams for him.
Last Edit: Mar 1, 2020 10:23:46 GMT -6 by smidge34