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Govs open season in Gulf Coast Showcase

Robert Smith/Tnsports360.com

By Colby Wilson

APSU Athletics Communications

CLARKSVILLE,Tenn. — The first three games of the 2020-21 Austin Peay schedule have been released, with the Govs slated to compete in bdG Sports’ #BeachBubble at the Gulf Coast Showcase, Nov. 25-27, in Fort Myers, Florida.

The Govs are guaranteed three games, beginning Nov. 25 (4 p.m. CT) against Nebraska-Omaha; the victor will take on the winner between Indiana State and East Carolina, Nov. 26 (7 p.m. CT), while the losers of those two contests will square off in the 1 p.m. contest that day. The final day features the seventh-place (10 a.m.), fifth-place (1 p.m.), third-place (4 p.m.) and championship (7 p.m.) contests, with every game at the event scheduled to take place at Hertz Arena. All 12 games will be streamed live and available on-demand on FloHoops.com.

Austin Peay will open the event against Nebraska-Omaha out of the Summit League; the Mavericks went 16-16 a year ago, falling to Oral Roberts in the Summit League Tournament quarterfinals. Derrin Hansen, in his 16th season as head coach, returns 2020 Summit League Defensive Player of the Year Matt Pile and Summit League Sixth Man of the Year Marlon Ruffin from last season’s squad; both were preseason all-league picks for the Mavericks heading into 2020-21.

Win or lose, the Govs are guaranteed to then see either Indiana State out of the Missouri Valley Conference or East Carolina from the American. Indiana State went 18-12 in 2019-20, falling to Missouri State in the Arch Madness Quarterfinals. The Sycamores return leading scorer Tyreke Key and All-Freshman teamer Jake LaRavia, and were picked fourth in the Missouri Valley’s preseason poll.

East Carolina went 11-20 a year ago in a competitive American Athletic Conference. Head coach Joe Dooley, who coached Florida Gulf Coast to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017, makes a return to Fort Myers with a senior-heavy team to supplement junior forward Jayden Gardner who led the American in scoring at 19.7 ppg in 2019-20.

The other side of the eight-team bracket features Abilene Christian, Akron, ETSU and Middle Tennessee. The Govs were once Ohio Valley Conference members with Akron, ETSU and Middle Tennessee and have played every team in the event at least once with the exception of Nebraska-Omaha and East Carolina.

There will be no general fan access for the Gulf Coast Showcase games and tickets will not be available to the general public. A limited number of “Spectator Credentials” will be supplied to each team. A requirement to receiving these team-issued credentials, all individuals will receive a COVID-19 rapid antigen test at the event’s medical center at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point.

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