The Ohio Valley Conference Champion Murray State Racers moved up one spot to number 11 in this week’s AP poll, and back one to number 10 in the ESPN rankings. The Racers defeated Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State in the OVC tournament over the weekend to take the championship and secure an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. While sports analysts agree MSU would have received an at-large bid anyway, the win should help the Racers get a higher seed in the tournament. They now await selection Sunday to find out who and where they will play next.
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 Racers have climbed back into the top ten in this week’s ESPN rankings and moved up two spots in the AP poll. The now 9 and 12 ranked Racers, respectively, are 28-1 after beating Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech on the road last week to close out the regular season. The Racers begin OVC Tournament play in Nashville on Friday. Murray State sits atop conference standings giving them a bye and an automatic bid to the semi-final round. The other OVC bye goes to Tennessee State, who handed the Racers their only loss on the season on February 9th.
The number 14 ranked Murray State Racers wrapped up an undefeated road season with a 69 to 64 victory over Tennessee Tech Saturday night. This brings the OVC Champion Racers to 28 and 1 overall and sets them as the top seed in the conference tournament this week. MSU will get a bye to the semifinal game this Friday at 6 p.m.
A year after the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, Murray State University welcomed its first African-American students to class. But it wasn’t until 1977 that the school hired its first African-American faculty. Dr. Steve Jones is chair of MSU’s Department of Sociology and teaches a class called "The Black Experience" at Murray. He was among those the school first hired 35 years ago. Dr. Jones is retiring at the end of this semester, and he sat down with Shelly Baskin to talk about what he experienced during his Murray State tenure.
The Murray State Racers avenged their only loss of the season last night, defeating the Tennessee State Tigers by 18 points. The Tigers ended Murray State’s bid for perfection earlier this month, upsetting the then number 9-ranked Racers at home. Murray State in turn used last night’s 80-62 win in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 in Nashville to end Tennessee State’s nine game winning streak. The Racers, now 27-1, have one game left at Tennessee Tech Saturday before beginning postseason play at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, where they could face the Tigers for a third time.
Murray city officials decided to delay a vote yesterday on whether to require students to purchase a city sticker. The city council read the latest version of the resolution, which gives Murray State students a 30 day grace period to buy the sticker. The grace period would be extended to anyone who moves into or begins working in Murray after the June 1 deadline. The sticker would cost a pro-rated amount of 36 dollars for students if purchased between August and May; not having one could incur a 100 dollar fine.
Political Strategists Mary Matalin and James Carville provided insight into the 2012 presidential campaign during Murray State's Presidential Lecture last night. The married couple represented the left and right in their presentation. Matalin, a Republican, made it clear that she hasn't picked her favorite candidate for president. She says it will come down to the nominee's messaging, not the person. Carville did agree with his wife on those points, but he is confident in President Obama's chances at winning re-election.
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.