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The Racers move up 2 spots in this week’s AP Poll, but it’s likely to be tough sledding from here:

Associated Press Top 25 – December 19th, 2011

1. Syracuse (53) – 1585 points
2. Ohio State  (5) – 1474
3. Kentucky (4) – 1457
4. Louisville (2) – 1364
5. North Carolina – 1340
6. Baylor – 1271
7. Duke – 1266
8. Connecticut – 1102
9. Missouri – 1076
10. Marquette – 1021
11. Florida – 946
12. Kansas – 939
13. Wisconsin – 746
14. Xavier – 728
15. Pittsburgh – 707
16. Georgetown – 644
17. Indiana – 601
18. Mississippi State – 576
19. Michigan State – 413
20. Michigan – 381
21. UNLV – 251
22. Murray State – 222
23. Creighton – 130
24. Virginia – 102
25. Illinois – 96

Other Receiving Votes: Harvard 88; San Diego State 67; Stanford 61; Saint Louis 33; Gonzaga 23; Kansas State 22; Texas A&M 18; Wichita State 8; Alabama 8; Cleveland State 7; Northern Iowa 7; California 5; Vanderbilt 5; Northwestern 4; Ohio 3; Long Beach State 2; Indiana State 1

Last Week, Murray State had just 93 points in the AP poll, meaning they picked up 129 this week alone. With a lot of teams in the bottom 15 falling last week, there’s not as much question which teams belong in or out. (93 points wouldn’t have even made this week’s poll)

But even if Murray matches a 129 point pickup next week, they would only rise one spot, to No. 21. Even if Murray keeps winning, since they play a soft OVC schedule, (in voters eyes, especially)  it’s unlikely the Racers will pick up much momentum in the polls in the weeks ahead, even if they stay undefeated.

The Racers are the first OVC team to be ranked in back-to-back weeks since Austin Peay in 1973-74. They’re also just 6 away from their highest ranking of all time, way back in 1952.


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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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