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The Charleston Classic has announced it’s bracket for the upcoming season, and it’s both good and bad. It’s good because Murray has a fairly easy path to the final, all things considered.

The bad: they didn’t enter this tournament to get an easy pass.

And their television coverage will be extremely minor, if existent at all.

BUT THEY’LL ALL BE AVAILABLE ON ESPN3D!!! I CAN WATCH THE RACERS IN 3-DIMENSIONS!

Sorry…moving on.

The Racers will play in the final game of the first round, taking on Auburn at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on November 15th. That game will be on ESPN 3. They’ll then play Charleston or St John’s in an evening game the next day, also on ESPN3. If they make the final, that game will be on ESPN 2. The consolation game also gets a consolation prize, on ESPNU.

Full bracket available here

I can see where this might be somewhat disappointing to Racer fans, but you can’t expect the national image of the Racers, which was essentially non-existent, to change in a year. They’ll still not going to have much of a national draw, unless they’re able to start off the season with a similar run as the last, which is a tall order.

Even with the injury to Latreze Mushatt, 4 of ESPN’s 5 college basketball experts put Murray State in the final, and one has them winning it (but they also have Colorado beating Baylor, so there’s that)

Honestly, the lack of national exposure isn’t huge, unless the bracket breaks in a way that the Racers don’t play an NCAA team (which is possible, albeit unlikely) Winning quality strong games is more important in the short term (making the tournament, getting a strong seed) than being seen on TV in November.

Most of the selection committee likely doesn’t even remember games they saw in November.

Is it a blow to Isaiah Canaan’s or Ed Daniel’s getting exposure as NBA prospects. Maybe. But it’s minor at worse.

All-in-all, the fact they’re in the field is the most important thing. Now they need to get out with 2 wins.

Although 3 would be even better.

 


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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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