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Freed-Hardeman 87, Murray State 85, OT.

That is a real score, from a real basketball game. Exhibition or not, these two teams played in a 40-minute game (plus an additional five for overtime) using NCAA rules, and this was the final result.

Oh boy.

Here are my few “probably too quick reactions” to what happened tonight.


It’s been an emotional week for the Racers

Monday, Murray State guard Kedrick Flomo underwent emergency heart surgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. He’s expected to make a full recovery, and return to the team next year, but there’s something about the words “emergency heart surgery” that is a bit unnerving.

Now imagine how his teammates must have felt….


Guard play

Freed-Hardeman (or “Freed” as the cool kids call it) was a quite solid 50% from three-point range in regulation, hitting 12-24 from behind the arc in the first 40 minutes, including 7-11 in the second half. It’s safe to say the defense didn’t exactly play as well as was expected.

…and then there’s the turnovers. Murray State had four first half turnovers, but seven in the second half, and three in just a five minute overtime. Freed scored 19 points off those turnovers, including five of their 11 in the extra period. Almost all of those turnovers came from the backcourt.

Opposing defenses are only going to get stronger from here.

The one thing I wouldn’t get too worked up over? Murray State going 4-29 from three-point range. Reminder: Belmont shot 7-43 from three-point range in a regular season loss at Eastern Illinois last year. Things turned out okay.



…and ESPN basketball writer Jeff Borzello agrees. Well, in most cases.

The best twitter reactions

From Austin Peay fans


…to sad Murray fans

…to confused sports writers

Twitter dot com is the best.

  1. Kenneth Henley:
    Not to pour gas on the fire,well maybe I am,but FHU lost on the road to D2 Talladega 120-113 a few days before this game.Maybe the Skyhawks can win the West this year.
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


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


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