We're Dancing: Morehead State

 

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You've got to love the teams that respond in the clutch and on Saturday night Morehead State really earned their ticket to the Big Dance.  In a double OT thriller, the Eagles were able to hit multiple big shots to win the Ohio Valley Conference over Austin Peay 67-65.  The biggest coming from freshman Steve Petersen and his only bucket of the game with 1.4 seconds left in the second OT. 

Morehead is now bringing their intimidating record of 19-15 to which ever gym slaughter house they are summoned to.  

A quick rundown on them after the jump.

Location: Morehead, Kentucky

Enrollment: 7,921

Record: 19-15 (12-6)

Leading Scorers: Leon Buchanan (15.1 ppg), Kenneth Faried (13.9 ppg), Maze Stallworth (12.1 ppg)

What to know:

  • Leon Buchanan is the Senior Co-captain and this team will go as far as he can lead them.  We know it will most likely be back to the bus, but if he can inspire the Eagles with the desire we saw in the OVC championship then there might be a first half scare for a #1 seed.  Notice, we said first half.
  • Morehead State got trounced in earlier season games versus the likes of Louisville and Vanderbilt, but were able to beat at least one tournament bound team...the aforementioned ETSU.
  • The Eagles boast a strength of schedule of 182 and only have a margin of victory average at 3.1.  Morehead St. does become relevant when talking rebounds, ranking 37th in the country, but we all know that is in direct correlation of the shooting ability of their sub-par conference.  

Projection: Waking up in Dayton on Tuesday morning and thinking about how you almost got the real deal.  Play in game. 

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