The Murray State Racers are ranked as the 23rd best team in the nation, according to today’s Sporting News college basketball preseason Top 25.
The Racers join Creighton, (14th) San Diego State, (19th) UNLV, (20th) Gonzaga, (21st) and VCU (25th) as non-power conference teams in the Top 25.
Here’s what’s Ken Bradley of the Sporting News said about the Racers:
OK, let’s get this out of the way: The Racers will not win 31 games this season or start the year 23-0. That’s too unrealistic for a team that lost several key cogs, including 33.2 points per game from departed seniors Donte Poole, Ivan Aska and Jewuan Long. But All-American point guard Isaiah Canaan has the leadership qualities and talent to carry a team and will keep the Racers in the hunt for another NCAA appearance. He’ll need senior center Ed Daniel or transfer Dexter Fields to develop into a reliable No. 2.
Mike DeCourcy though said the Racers were the most questionable inclusion into the Top 25.
The Racers finished last season 31-2, and it was a positively magical season. That’s over, though, and both Ivan Aska and Donte Poole are gone. Murray will have a terrific year, but this terrific?