4-23 overall, 3-17 conference, 11th Ohio Valley Conference
|Against the spread||
10-13-1 (4-5-1 home, 6-8 away)
10-14 (5-5 home, 5-9 away)
2005 Season Summary
The Morehead State Eagles finished the 2004-05 season with a record of 11-16 straight up, including an Ohio Valley Conference record of 5-11, which was good for a ninth place finish in the league.
The Eagles finished the season even worse on the board, with a record of 5-15 against the college basketball gambling lines, clearly marking themselves as one of the most worthless teams in the land. Morehead State was consistently bad against the board with just three payoffs in their final nine games of the year.
The one potential positive about Morehead State was that they were so bad that they had the potential to offer some decent board value as they performed at a pace that couldn’t be sustained. This ultimately meant that, eventually, the Eagles would have a turn of fortune, at least for a short period of time.
More of the same
Morehead State opened the 2005-06 season with an unlined 123-83 home win over Kentucky Christian. That was then followed by a 41-67 loss at Dayton as 20-point dogs. Next came a 42-76 loss at Texas Tech as whopping 27.5-point dogs. The Eagles then took a break from the board and scored a most discouraging unlined 59-65 home loss to Maryland Eastern Shore.
Back on the board at Austin Peay, the Eagles scored their first payoff in a 55-66 loss as 13-point dogs. That was then followed b a 40-92 loss at Murray State as whopping 25.5-point dogs. Morehead State next lost at home to Tennessee-Martin 67-80 as 5.5-point dogs before the bleeding stopped in the form of a 56-57 home loss to Eastern Illinois.
In their next game at Connecticut, one of the elite and high ranked teams in all of college hoops, the Eagles were destroyed 61-129 as whopping 42-point dogs, a clear sign of their lack of board value and status as one of the most worthless teams on the board.
That was then followed by a much needed break from the board in a 70-82 unlined loss at East Tennessee State, followed by a 49-76 loss at Tennessee State as 17.5-point dogs.
Overall, it was more of the same for Morehead State, as they picked up right where they left off in 2004-05 with a 1-6-1 start against the board for 2005-06.
Value finally arrived
Morehead State at this point was one of the most appealing teams on the board; to go AGAINST! The thing to keep in mind, however, was that as bad as the Eagles were showing both on the court and on the board, they were performing at a pace that couldn’t be sustained. Eventually, the oddsmakers would find the numbers that Morehead State could handle, particularly in the face of mounting cash flows coming into sportsbooks against the Eagles.
Morehead State’s long overdue value finally arrived, beginning with a 52-61 loss at Tennessee Tech as 21.5-point dogs. That was then followed by a 63-65 home loss to Eastern Kentucky as 10-point dogs. Next came a 66-71 overtime loss at Tennessee-Martin as 14-point dogs, followed by a 64-65 home loss to Samford as 13.5-point dogs for a fourth consecutive payoff against the board.
The Eagles then suffered a brief dip in the form of a 65-88 home loss to Jacksonville State as 4-point dogs, which was then followed by a 60-55 win at Southeast Missouri State as 12.5-point dogs. That was then followed by a 65-80 loss at Eastern Illinois.
Back on track
The 1-2 stretch served to enhanced Morehead State’s value as they went on to cover in four of their next five games, before regressing to finish 0-4 SU&ATS in their final four games of the season to finish in the red once again.