CBS Lists Murray State Among All-Time Top Basketball Programs


CBS Sports released it's rankings of the All-Time Greatest Basketball Programs the other day, with Murray State ranked 44th. This is what they had to say about the Racers.


44. Murray State
Record since 1938-39: 1,295-739  |  Regular-season titles: 27
NCAA Tournaments: 17  |  Final Fours: 0
Weeks ranked: 25  |  Top-60 NBA picks: 10
POINTS: 473.5

One of the proudest mid-major basketball communities resides in Murray, Kentucky. A population of fewer than 20,000 but a passion quotient equal to five times that number -- if not more. The Racers have had a slew of dudes come through Murray over the years. Popeye Jones, Jeff Martin, Ja Morant, Cameron Payne, Isaiah Canaan, Marcus Brown and Dick Cunningham were all college studs who were top-60 picks. Morant is the most talented player in program history, the No. 2 pick in the 2019 Draft and someone who's achieved the rare feat of earning a triple-double in an NCAA Tournament game. But Jones and Martin are the most accomplished. Murray State has been a mid-major power for much of the past 60 years, starting with Cal Luther's run (241-154) from 1958-1974.

In recent decades familiar names like Mark Gottfried, Mick Cronin, Billy Kennedy and Steve Prohm have taken Murray State to the NCAAs, with Prohm providing the best team in school history. This gig is like a little brother's version of Xavier, really. The Racers' 31-2 team in 2011-12 was one of the feel-good stories of that season. Interestingly enough, Murray State has never made a Sweet 16, though old-school fans will recall how the 16th-seeded Racers almost knocked off No. 1 Michigan State in 1990 -- and that near-win came two years removed from when Murray State was No. 14 and did upset No. 3 NC State. The school's 27 league championships rank as the 10th most in college basketball since 1939. The Racers are expected to be at the top of the OVC again this season under Matt McMahon, who could have the next future NBAer to come out of the program in Tevin Brown.


The Racers were ranked ahead of luminaries like Xavier, Missouri, Dayton, and San Francisco.

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