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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.

 

The Murray State Racers’ Men’s Basketball team won their 15th Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship Saturday night with a 54 to 52 win over Tennessee State at Nashville’s Municipal Arena.  The victory brings MSU’s season record to 30 and 1, as well as a 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Racers as the OVC’s automatic bid.  Murray State Forward Donte Pool was named the OVC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

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Mar 2, 2012

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.

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The number 12 ranked Murray State Racers are preparing for postseason play this week as the Ohio Valley Conference tournament tips off. The tournament started last night in Nashville, but the Racers don’t play until the semifinal round tomorrow night as they received two byes as the top team in the OVC. First year Head Coach Steve Prohm says while his 28-1 squad accomplished a great deal this season, there’s much more to do.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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In last night's men's OVC basketball action, Murray State won their road game against South East Missouri State, 75 to 66, clinching their third straight regular season OVC championship. The Racers are number 16 in the nation according to the Associated Press poll. They'll face one of their toughest opponents this season when they square off against number 21 St. Mary's in Saturday's ESPN Bracketbuster game. Tip off is at 5pm at the CFSB Center. Well- known sportscaster Dick Vitale will call the game for ESPN.

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