Basketball Preview: Murray State - Southeast Missouri

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Site (Venue): Murray, Ky. (CFSB Center)
Date/Game Time: Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021/7 p.m.
Audio: WFGS Froggy 103.7FM (PxP: Neal Bradley Analyst: Kenny Roth)
TV(Live Streaming): None(ESPN+)
Live Stats: GoRacers.com/Coverage
Twitter In Game: @MSURacers
MUR Record (Streak): 10-2 (Lost 1)
SEMO Record (Streak): 5-8 (Lost 4)
MUR Last Game: Lost 71-58 A No. 12 Auburn (Dec. 22, 2021; Auburn, Ala.)
SEMO Last Game: Lost 84-68 A California Baptist (Dec. 21, 2021; Riverside, Calif.)
All-Time Series vs. SEMO: Racers lead 64-21
First Meeting: 1931 A Murray State lost 37-29
Last Meeting: 2021 A Murray State won 80-60
Largest MSU Win: 2011, +38, Home 96-58
Largest MSU Loss: 1944 -16, 61-45 at SEMO & 84-58 home vs SEMO in 2013
Last Five vs SEMO: MSU trails 5-0
Next MSU Game: Jan. 1 H vs Tennessee Tech
Next MSU Away Game:  Jan. 6 at Eastern Illinois
Massey Ratings Prediction: Murray State 84 - Southeast Missouri 64

Murray State Opens 74th Season In The Ohio Valley Conference

The Murray State Racers (10-2) host the Southeast Missouri Redhawks (5-8) Thursday at the CFSB Center in Murray, Kentucky. Now finished with the pre-conference season, the Racers begin the nine-week 18-game grind of the Ohio Valley Conference. This season marks the 74th season of OVC basketball as the Racers are an original member of the leagues since it was founded in 1948. The Racers have won a league-best 27 regular season championships including a run of three-straight with titles in 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 which produced a combined record of 47-7. After a 10-10 mark of 2020-21, the Racers are looking to make a return to the top.

Racers In OVC Openers

In OVC openers, the Racers are 55-18 (.750) all-time with a home mark of 34-5 (.738) and a road record of 21-13 (.617). Since 1981, the Racers are 29-7 (.805). Murray State has won 13 straight OVC openers since their last loss to Eastern Kentucky in 2008.

Racers vs Redhawks Series

The game marks the 86th all-time meeting  between the Racers and Redhawks since their first game in 1931. The Racers are 64-21 against SEMO and 31-10 at home. MSU has won the last eight meetings since back-to-back losses in 2017.

Brown OVC Player Of The Week

Murray State's Tevin Brown was named the OVC Player of the Week for a third consecutive week. He is the first OVC player to accomplish the feat since Austin Peay's Terry Taylor in 2019-20. He's the first Racer to win the honor in three consecutive weeks since Ja Morant won three in a row in 2019. MSU's Jonathan Stark won three in a row in 2017/18 as did Cameron Payne in 2015 and Cuthbert Victor in 2003.  Brown tallied a game-high 22 points against No. 12 Auburn on Dec. 22. He was 8-of-15 from the field and was 3-of-6 from the 3-point line. He had a team-best nine rebounds to go with two assists and two steals.

Racers In The National Rankings

The Racers are having one of their better offensive seasons in recent memory and they've had a bunch over the years. Entering OVC play, the Racers are making shots at a 50 percent clip and rank ninth nationally in NCAA D-I. From the 3-point line, the Racers are hitting 37 percent and rank 39th. On the boards, the Racers' 18.1 rebound margin puts then 33rd in the nation.

Photos: Murray State - Chattanooga

Racers' Tevin Brown OVC Player of the Week

Flashback: 2011 Racers Win Great Alaska Shootout

Photos: Murray State - Middle Tennessee