ESPN has ranked the Murray State men’s basketball 28th in the top 50 basketball programs in the last half century. The 50 in 50 project used a points system that took into account all-time wins, conference titles, post-season appearances and national rankings. The Racers have had 25 straight winning seasons, the 4th best streak in the country. The ranking placed the Racers two spots ahead of Western Kentucky, who came in at number 30.
This year’s OVC tournament continues in Nashville, Tennessee. In yesterday’s action, Tennessee Tech beat Southeast Missouri 77 to 73, and Morehead defeated Jacksonville State 68 to 54. The top-ranked Racers will face off against Tennessee Tech tonight at six, and number two-ranked Tennessee State plays Morehead at eight. The games will be carried on ESPN-U.
The Murray State Men's Basketball team is creeping back up in the national rankings following two wins last week. The Racers moved up two spots in the AP poll to number 14, and two in the ESPN poll to number 12 after successfully navigating past Southeast Missouri State and then number 16 ranked St. Mary's.
ESPN announcer and college basketball icon Dick Vitale is coming to Murray this weekend to broadcast the Racers' BracketBuster game against St. Mary's. Vitale made the announcement over the weekend during the call of the Kentucky-Vanderbilt game on ESPN. The BracketBuster pits the 14 ranked Racers against 16 ranked St. Mary’s. Each team fell slightly in the ESPN rankings following losses last week. Murray State fans have been working to bring Vitale to Murray ever since he expressed interest in calling a Racers game last month.
Murray State will be the focus of a special segment of ESPN's College GameDay this week. Crews from the network have already visited Murray to gather material to highlight the Racers' undefeated season. This will be the second ESPN special feature about Murray State in the past few weeks. The Racers' were the focus of ESPNU's All Access last month. The GameDay segment is set to air this Saturday prior to the featured Kentucky-Vanderbilt game. The Racers are back in action tonight, tipping off against Tennessee State at 7:00 in a sold-out CFSB center.