Basketball Preview: Murray State at Austin Peay

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Murray State Racers at Austin Peay Governors

Site (Venue): Clarksville (Dunn Center)
Date/Game Time: Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022/6:30 p.m.
Audio: WFGS Froggy 103.7FM (PxP: Neal Bradley Analyst: Kenny Roth)
TV(Live Streaming): None(ESPN+)
Live Stats: GoRacers.com/Coverage
MUR Record (Streak): 20-2, 10-0 (Won 10)
APSU Record (Streak): 6-11, 2-5 (Won 1)
MUR Last Game: Won 77-66 home vs MOR (Jan. 29)
APSU Last Game: Won 68-63 2OT home vs SIUE (Jan. 31)
All-Time Series vs. APSU: Racers lead 87-45 (30-30 away)
First Meeting: 1941 MSU won at APSU 53-43
Last Meeting: Dec. 21, 2021 MSU lost at APSU 74-70
Largest MSU Win: +44 102-58 Home 2017
Largest APSU Win: -29 105-76 Away 1973
Last Five vs APSU: MSU 3-2
Next MSU Game: Feb. 5 home vs SIUE
Next MSU Away Game: Feb. 10 at TSU 
Massey Ratings Prediction: Murray State 75 - Austin Peay 64

The Murray State Racers (20-2, 10-0) hit the road Thursday for a Ohio Valley Conference game against the Austin Peay Governors (6-11, 2-5). Tip time at the Dunn Center in Clarksville, Tennessee is set for 7:30 p.m. Austin Peay is the final OVC opponent that the Racers haven't met yet this season.

The game is part of the Popeye's Battle of the Border that matches the Racers and Govs in head-to-head competition celebrating one of the best collegiate rivalries in the country. Thursday's game is the first of two in men's basketball with APSU returning the trip to Murray on Feb. 12. A game that will be aired nationally on ESPNU.

Another item to watch this week is that MSU is sitting on 299 wins all-time in their 24th season of the CFSB Center at 299-49 (.858). MSU hosts SIUE Saturday at The Bank.

Racers Find Winning Formula

Now with their 32nd 20-win season in the 97 seasons of the program, the Racers have won 10 in a row making Coach Matt McMahon just the second coach in MSU history to have four winning streaks of 10 or more. The other was MSU's first coach, Carlisle Cutchin, who started the program in 1925 and guided it for 16 seasons. The Racers are  6-1 on the road this season including a 4-0 mark in OVC play. In conference play, the Racers have locked opponents down to lead the OVC in field goal percentage defense (230-of-575, .400) and 3-point field goal defense (90-of-132, .269). Subsequently, through 22 games, the Racers are 68th and 39th in NCAA D-I respectively. In OVC play, the Racers are also the top offensive rebounding team and the second defensive rebounding team.

Brown & Williams - Two Greats

Tevin Brown and KJ Williams are going places in MSU's record book that few players have gone before. Brown is one of only three MSU players to score 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and give out 350 assists. Williams is two rebounds from becoming the seventh Racer to score 1,000 points and grab 800 rebounds. Brown hit three 3-pointers Saturday in the Morehead State win to become the OVC career record holder for made 3-point baskets. Brown has surpassed Austin Peay's Joe Sibbitt (1994-98) whose 319 threes had stood as the record for 24 seasons. Brown enters the game ranked seventh in the nation in 3-point field goal attempts (179) and makes (72) and 15th in the nation in three pointers made per game (3.27).

Racers In The Rankings

The Racers continued to move up the national rankings as they were getting more votes in the Associated Press Poll and USA Today Poll. Murray State is 27th in the NCAA Net and 36th in the rankings by KenPom.com. In the CollegeInsider.com Mid Major Poll, the Racers moved up to third from fifth last week. MSU was 40th in Jon Rothstein's Top-45.

KJ Williams Named OVC Player of the Week

Tevin Brown Sets OVC 3-Point Record

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