Basketball Preview: Murray State - Illinois State



Date (Time): Thu., Dec. 1, 2022 (7 p.m. CT)
Opponent: Illinois State Redbirds
Site (Venue): Murray, Ky. (CFSB Center)
Audio: Froggy 103.7 FM (PxP: Neal Bradley, Analyst: Rob Cross)
TV: ESPN+ (PxP: Dave Rowton, Analyst: Kenny Roth)
Live Stats:
Twitter In Game: @RacersHoops
MUR Record (Streak): 3-3 (L1)
ILST Record (Streak): 2-5 (L4)
Massey Ratings Prediction: Murray State 76 - Illinois State 66
MUR Last Game: L 69-66 at Chattanooga
ILST Last Game: L 57-44 vs Rhode Island in Cayman Island Classic
All-Time Series vs. ILST (Streak): MUR leads 6-1 (W4)
All-Time Series In Murray (Streak): Racers lead 4-0 (W4)
First Meeting: 1971 Home Won 85-74
Last Meeting: 2021 Away Won 77-65
Largest MSU Win: +12, 89-77 home 2014
Largest MSU Loss: -2, Redbirds won 63-61 in 2015
Next MSU Game: Dec. 4 at Valparaiso
Next MSU Home Game: Dec. 13 vs Chicago State

Illinois State Redbirds    2-5
Head Coach: Ryan Pedon Alma mater: Wooster (2000)
at ILST: 1st season (2-5) Career: Same Missouri Valley: 0-0 NCAA Tournament: 0-0

Murray State Racers    3-3
Head Coach: Steve Prohm Alma mater: Alabama (1997) at MUR: 5th season (107-32) Career: 204-127 (11th) Missouri Valley: 0-0 NCAA Tournament: 4-4

Historic Night For Racers vs, Redbirds Thursday

The Murray State Racers (3-3) are back home for the first time in nearly three weeks when they play their first Missouri Valley Conference game in school history after playing in the Ohio Valley Conference after 74 years. Last July 1, the Racers officially became members of The Valley.

It's Murray State hosting the Illinois State Redbirds in each team's Valley opener in a 7 p.m. tip at the CFSB Center in Murray, Kentucky, Thursday night. 5000 commemorative t-shirts from CFSB are being given out to make the evening into a White Out.

The two have had a competitive seven games with all but one of them being played since 2014, when a a four-year deal to play was decided and they have also played in each of the last two seasons. The Racers have a 6-1 all-time mark against the Redbirds and are 4-0 at the CFSB Center. The Racers return the game to Illinois State on Feb. 15 with a game in Normal, Ill.

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