Opponent: Cougars SIUE
Location (Location): Murray, Ky. (CFSB Center)
Game Date/Time: Saturday February 5, 2022/7 p.m.
Audio: WFGS Froggy 103.7FM (PxP: Neal Bradley Analyst: Kenny Roth)
Television (live broadcast): None(ESPN+)
Live statistics: GoRacers.com/Coverage
In-game Twitter: @MSURacers
MUR registration (serial): 21-2, 11-0 (Won 11)
SIUE record (series): 1-8, 7-15 (lost 7)
Last part WALL: Won 65-53 away APSU (February 3)
Last game SIUE: Lost 2OT at APSU 68-65 (Jan 31)
All-Time Series vs. SIUE: Runners lead 25-3 (16-0 at home)
First meeting: 1975 Home runners won 83-81
Last meeting: 2022 Away Runners won 74-69
Biggest MSU gain: 2010, +37, Home 86-49
Biggest loss of MSU: 2014, -7, 67-60 at SIUE
Final five against SIUE: USM 5-0
Next MSU game: February 10 at TSU
Next MSU road game: February 17 in Belmont
Racers Host SIUE – Look for the 300th victory in the bank
The Murray State Racers (21-2, 11-0) head home for an Ohio Valley Conference game against the SIUE Cougars (7-15, 1-8). One of the final three home games of the season, the Racers are poised to win their 300th game in CFSB Center’s 24-season history. Tipping time at “The Bank” is set at 7 p.m., after the women’s match played at 5 p.m.
The friendly confines of the bank
In the 24 seasons at CFSB Center, Racer teams retained the home-court advantage they had for 44 seasons at Racer Arena from 1954 to 1998. MSU consistently won about 85% of its home games for many decades and his success at the CFSB Center continues today as the Racers have won their last 13 games here. Saturday’s game with SIUE marks the 349th game at CFSB Center where the Racers are 299-49 (.859) overall and 173-32 (.000) in OVC games. At 12-0 this season, MSU is attempting its third undefeated season. MSU’s other two undefeated home seasons were led by coach Billy Kennedy (2009-10) and coach Matt McMahon (2019-20) each time 15-0.
Riders in the classification
If the Racers can win against SIUE, they will certainly look forward to Monday when they can enter the national rankings. MSU has drawn considerable attention among those getting votes in both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today poll. After Thursday’s 65-53 victory at Austin Peay, Murray State was 27th in the NCAA Net and 32nd in the KenPom.com rankings. Sean Paul has the Racers as the No. 1 pick among Mid-Major teams and in the CollegeInsider.com Mid Major poll, the Racers moved up from fifth to third place last week. MSU was 40th in Jon Rothstein’s Top 45.
Brown & Williams – Future MSU Hall of Famers
Given the success of the team and the personal performances of the last four seasons, it is obvious that Tevin Brown and KJ Williams will one day be honored inductees into the Murray State Hall of Fame. Superlatives abound, but the best thing we can say about this dynamic duo is that they love competition. Already members of the MSU 1000-Point Club, they have earned a place in a more exclusive club. Brown became the third MSU player to score 1,500 points, grab 500 rebounds and provide 350 assists. The other two are Isaac Spencer and Glen Green. Williams is 66 points away from joining Spencer and Popeye Jones as the only players to score 1,500 points and grab 800 rebounds.
Racers Eye 28th OVC Regular Season Championship
With seven games to go, the Racers still have a lot of work to do to claim the OVC title. Next week they will hit the road for Tennessee State and Morehead State and follow with ESPNU home games against Austin Peay (February 17) and Belmont (February 24). The Racers also have remaining road trips to UT Martin (February 19) and SEMO (February 26).
Racer Basketball Legacy Fund
The new fundraising initiative invites Racer supporters to make a lasting impact on Murray State’s men’s and women’s basketball programs. Those interested in learning more about how you can support the Racer Basketball Legacy Fund initiative can contact the Director of Development-Athletics, Taylor Mudd at (270) 809-3517 or [email protected] for more information.
Riders selected for two home games on ESPNU
Murray State Men’s Basketball is hosting a pair of televised home games on ESPNU as announced by the Ohio Valley Conference for the 2021-22 season. The Racers will appear on ESPNU (February 17) when they host Austin Peay Governors at the CFSB Center in a 6 p.m. tip. Game 2 is at home (February 24) against the Belmont Bruins at 8 p.m. The Racers’ two televised games are on Thursday night. The OVC schedule includes a total of nine televised men’s basketball games (six regular season competitions and three OVC tournament games) that will air on one of the ESPN networks during the 2021-22 season. That includes three nights of coverage at the OVC Tournament (March 4-5) at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.