The OVC Men’s Basketball tournament kicked off in Nashville last night. In early round play, Southeast Missouri downed Eastern Kentucky, 75-65, and Jacksonville State beat Austin Peay, 75-70. Southeast Missouri moves on tonight to face Tennessee Tech, and Jacksonville State takes on Morehead State. The Murray State Racers have a bye until the semifinal tomorrow night, when they will face the winner of tonight’s SEMO-Tennessee Tech game.
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.
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.