Racers face Jacksonville State in OVC Semifinals


The Murray State Racers will play Jacksonville State tonight at 7:00 pm in the semifinal round of the OVC tournament at the Ford Center in Evansville. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU. You can also watch it on your computer at ESPN3.com.

Jacksonville State comes into the game with a 21-11 record after beating Tennessee Tech 73-70 in a quarterfinal game yesterday. The Gamecocks are the #4 seed.

Murray State is 24-5, having won the regular season conference championship by beating Austin Peay 73-64 on Saturday. As the top seed, the Racers received a bye into the semifinal round of the tournament.

These two teams played twice min the regular season. Jacksonville State won the first game 76-71 at their place on January 11. Then Murray State won the second game, in Murray, 68-60 on February 15.

Murray State committed 16 turnovers in the first game and JSU shot 10 more free throws than the Racers did. The free throw edge was reversed in the game at MSU and the Racers committed just 10 turnovers. They also limited JSU to 1-of-11 from 3-point range.

Murray State is ranked #61 in the nation by the Massey Ratings  which predict a 70-63 victory for the Racers in tonight's game.