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Murray State opens the season hosting Houston Friday. Here’s a look at some of the important numbers:

The Good

15Murray State has won 15 straight home games, dating back to November 26th of 2013, when the Racers fell to Middle Tennessee at the CFSB Center. That includes the final four games of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, which the Racers won last season.

29.0Houston has a new coach this year in Kelvin Sampson, but Sampson lost the team’s top two scorers last year to transfers. TaShawn Thomas and Danuel House combined to average 29.0 points a game, 13.4 rebounds, and more than three blocks — and both went to larger programs in Oklahoma and Texas A&M, respectively.

The Bad

22.6%In their only exhibition game, Murray State struggled behind the arc, hitting just 7-31 attempts. The Racers leaned heavily on the three early, allowing Freed-Hardeman to jump out to an early lead. It didn’t last…

14-58Freed-Hardeman shot just 24.1% from the field in their loss to Murray. They were leading in the first half. 19-11 even. Really…

The !?*#%!$@

24An interesting streak is on the line: Murray State has won their last 24 straight home-openers. It’s worth noting, though, that the vast majority of those games were against non-Division I competition. Houston is not that — meaning there’s an actual risk of that streak being snapped this year.


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Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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