Neal Bradley's Racer Basketball Update: A Hot Start to 2015

Jan 9, 2015

Murray State v Morehead State
Credit Murray State Sports Information, goracers.com

The Murray State Racers Men's Basketball team stands at 12-4 and 2-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference after recording their 10th straight win against Tennessee Tech. Their next game is this Sunday at Jacksonville State, which Voice of the Racers Neal Bradley tells Tracy Ross should be an interesting match up as the opponent has been "puzzling" one. Here's a recap of recent games and and outlook for the next couple weeks, on Sounds Good.

December 20 - Illinois State (89-77)

Neal Bradley says Illinois State is a good Missouri Valley Conference team, one of their top players Daishon Knight scored 26 points and played well. However, Murray State's Jarvis Williams scored 21 points, continuing MSU's shooting hot-streak. Bradley says there was unbelievable shooting at the three-point range.

December 22 - Southern Illinois (83-71)

This was a tougher game for the Racers. MSU shot the ball really well, but had a tough time in the first half, Bradley says, picking up defensively in the second half. Jeffery Moss stood out with 21 points and Cameron Payne played "in the zone" making four straight baskets.

December 30 - Alabama A&M (76-39)

Coming back after the holidays, Bradley says, anything could happen, but the Racers played really well - not so much though on the three point range. Rebounding had been an issue for the Racers, but this game showed more sharing of the ball and a more balanced effort. In this game, Coach Steve Prohm played the entire bench. In this game, Wayne Langston emerged as an offensive player. Bradley predicts he'll be an impact player over the next few weeks.

January 3 - Morehead State (66-57)

This was a tough game. The Racers struggled to make three-point shots, though played well defensively. Bardley notes that whenever Morehead made a mistake, the Racers turned it into points. Justin Seymour made a notable steal and three-point shot that pushed MSU into a solid win at the end of the game.

January 8 - Tennessee Tech (83-67)

(Note: At the time of recording, this game hadn't happened yet) Murray State wins, making them 2-0 in OVC and recording their 10th straight win.

OUTLOOK:

January 11 - Jacksonville State

This will be the third game of a three game road trip to open OVC play. Bradley says Jacksonville State is a puzzling team, who started out as one of the amazing surprises in the league but then lost five straight games. As the Racers prepare to take this trip, they should know that Jacksonville holds their home court well. They milk the clock, take the lay-up and have recently upped their three-point shooting ability. The Racers have only lost once to Jacksonville State, but it was a close game and could be close again.

January 15 - hosting Belmont

Belmont isn't as good as they were last year, but their leading scorer Craig Bradshaw has been dealing with knee injuries. They may not be at 100% and have been inconsistent this season, but they are still Belmont and are still good. Bradley notes, "Anytime you see a team chasing Belmont around, they're getting ready to lose that game. Because they want you to give them open threes in the corner or to give them lay-ups underneath backdoors." 

Neal Bradley and Tracy Ross mention Damarcus Croaker as a new player to look out for. He recently joined the program from the University of Texas, a potentially great addition to Murray State's roster.