Basketball Preview: Murray State - Eastern Illinois

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Murray State - Eastern Illinois Panthers
Site (Venue): Charleston, Ill. (Lantz Arena)
Date/Game Time: Monday, Jan. 17, 2022/3:30 p.m.
Audio: WFGS Froggy 103.7FM (PxP: Neal Bradley Analyst: Kenny Roth)
TV(Live Streaming): None(ESPN+)
Twitter In Game: @MSURacers
MUR Record (Streak): 14-2, 4-0 (Won 4)
EIU Record (Streak): 2-13, 0-2 (Lost 6)
MUR Last Game: Won 82-60 at Belmont (Jan. 15)
EIU Last Game: Lost 66-53 at home vs SIUE (Jan. 13)
All-Time Series vs. EIU: Racers lead 49-14 (19-9 at EIU)
First Meeting: 1981 Home Racers Won 71-70
Last Meeting: Lost 68-59 -26 Neutral 97-71
Last Five vs EIU: MSU trails 2-5
Next MSU Game: Jan. 20 home vs EIU
Next MSU Road Game:  Jan. 27 vs Tennessee Tech
Massey Ratings Prediction: Murray State 75 - Eastern Illinois 56

Game 17 Takes Racers To Eastern Illinois For MLK Day Game

Because of Covid's influence on college basketball, the Murray State Racers get a rare opportunity to play a game on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. The Racers (14-2, 4-0 OVC) travel to Charleston to take on the Eastern Illinois Panthers (2-13, 0-2 OVC). Tip time on the national holiday of MLK Day is set for 3:30 p.m. at Lantz Arena. Both MSU and EIU have experienced Covid postponements. This game was originally scheduled for Jan. 6, but was backed up to today. That means EIU and MSU will play twice this week as the Panthers make their trip to Murray this week on Thursday. The Racers are coming off a big win Saturday at Belmont 82-60 and EIU will be playing for the first time since last Thursday (Jan. 13) in a 66-53 loss at home against SIUE.

Racers Look For Reversal

The Racers are looking to snap a three-game losing skid to the Panthers. Prior to the last three meetings, the Racers had won 15-of-18 since 2011, but lately, EIU has had the Racers' number. Part of the reason the Racers had trouble with EIU was Jordan Skipper-Brown. However, he became one of the first players in the OVC to transfer within a conference and he is playing his final season with the Racers in 2021-22. The Racers lead the all-time series with EIU 49-14 and are 27-4 at Lantz Arena.

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