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The Racers put their #24 ranking on the line for the first time tonight, in front of a likely large home crowd at the “Bank” in Murray.

And that’s all for today.

Can you tell it’s finals week for many students?

Here’s today’s first word:

[Lipscomb (6-5) at No. 24 Murray State (10-0), 7:00 p.m. CST] Live coverage on Twitter @OVCBall

The first question that pops into my mind? How do the Racers handle playing their first game as a ranked team. They handled the pressure great in Memphis, but if you haven’t been following the OVC this year, Lipscomb is playing their 5th OVC opponent. They beat SIUE, UTM, Austin Peay, and lost at Tennessee Tech by just 2. So the Bisons are far from a pushover.

Lispcomb will look to hurry up the Racers, much like Memphis did, meaning there will likely be plenty of chances for Lipscomb to score. We saw in that Tigers game that Murray can get back and prevent transition scoring, and that will again be a key today.

Lipscomb’s scores much like Murray has in past years, by committee: 6 players average 8 or more points a game. The problem is that the Bisons are only about 7 deep, whereas the Racers will play 9. As I’ve mentioned before, that’s rare for up tempo teams, who usually need to pull deeper into their bench. (And I bet part of the reason TTU was able to come back against them on Saturday)

And a few updates on Murray statistical prowess this season: Racers are 7th in the nation in 3-point shooting as a team, shooting 43,3%. They’re 5th in the nation in free throw shooting at 78.6%, and 4th in the nation in turnovers forced per game forcing over 19 a game.

Those kind of statistics is what makes the “undefeated” talk a possibility. But we’ve seen a team enter the rankings and drop their first game as a ranked team before. Can the Racers handle the pressure? I’m betting yes…


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OVC Ball
Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11


2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall

EAST

Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19

WEST

UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24


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