Murray State men's basketball announced the 2013-14 schedule which includes an attractive home schedule of 15 games at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.
The Racers’ home slate includes non-conference matchups against Middle Tennessee, Evansville, Lipscomb and Southern Illinois. The Racers will seek their 24th Ohio Valley Conference championship when they open the league season at home (Jan. 2) against Southeast Missouri and (Jan. 4) against UT Martin.
The Racers will be tested with a tough schedule that sees them face six squads that were ranked last season in the top-100 of the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). MSU will be mixing it up with eight teams that saw post-season play last season including five that played in the NCAA Tournament.
The fun begins with an exhibition game (Nov. 2) against Freed-Hardeman before MSU travels to Valparaiso (Nov. 8) for their first road season opener since playing at California in 2009.
MSU’s home opener is against Brescia (Nov. 12)
“We want to be playing our best when we get to conference play in January, so we’ve put together a non-conference schedule that will challenge us,” Murray State Head Coach Steve Prohm said. “We’ve got some tough games both home and on the road. We’re facing teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last spring and are favorites to win their league this season. The OVC has been very good nationally the last several years. This year will be no different. Our tough early schedule should have us ready to meet the demands of conference play.”
The rest of the Racers’ seven-game November includes trips to Old Dominion (Nov. 15) and Auburn (Nov. 23), with home games against Bethel (Nov. 19) and MTSU (Nov. 26). The Racers had wins over ODU and Auburn last season. MSU’s game with MTSU marks their first meeting with the Blue Raiders since 2003. The Racers end the month with a trip to Moraga, Calif., to play at Saint Mary’s in a return game from their epic BracketBusters game of 2012.
December sees the Racers play on their home court for three straight games against Evansville (Dec. 4), Lipscomb (Dec. 7) and Southern Illinois (Dec. 17). The meeting with SIU marks the 29th game in their series that dates back to 1929 and the first since a 2006 game that was played at SIU. The last time MSU met SIU at home was in 2005.
MSU ends the month with road games at Western Kentucky (Dec. 21) and Dayton (Dec. 29). MSU’s meeting with WKU will mark the 151st in the long-running series as two of the original members of the OVC square off in Bowling Green, Ky.
After starting the OVC season at home against SEMO and UTM, the Racers hit the road for a game at Eastern Kentucky (Jan. 8), the team they defeated in the OVC Tournament semifinals last March. MSU’s first meeting with Austin Peay is at home (Jan. 11) with the second game on the road on Feb. 1. The Racers finish January with road games at Eastern Illinois (Jan. 16) and SIUE (Jan. 18), before coming home (Jan. 23 and 25) to face Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State.
The last month of the regular season is highlighted by a road game at Belmont (Feb. 8) which will see the Racers and Bruins in a rematch of their OVC Tournament championship overtime game from last season. MSU returns to the CFSB Center for three-straight home games against SIUE (Feb. 13), EIU (Feb. 15) and Morehead State (Feb. 22). The Racers’ final two games before post-season play are at UTM (Feb. 27) and SEMO (March 1).
The Racers, who enjoy one of the best home-court advantages in all of college basketball, have been among the best in the nation in their 15 seasons in the CFSB Center. MSU is 105-19 (.879) overall and 22-5 (.814) in Prohm’s two seasons.
“I’ve said many times that we have the best fans in college basketball,” Prohm said. “We’ve got a lot of great games at home this season with the OVC schedule, But we also have a great non-conference home schedule with Middle Tennessee, SIU and Evansville coming in. We’re looking forward to the season and seeing our fans fill up the CFSB Center.”
Murray State will go for their 16th OVC Tournament title at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. (March 5-8). The top two teams in the regular-season standings earn byes into the semifinals and the third and fourth seeds earn a bye to the quarterfinals.
The 2013-14 season finds the Racers going for their 27th consecutive winning season. MSU's streak is tied with Connecticut for fourth in the nation and behind only Syracuse (43), Kansas (30) and Arizona (29).
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From: Murray State Media Relations
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