Murray State set to renew basketball rivalry with Southern Illinois


WPSD Sports

MURRAY, KY-- Practice drills are a little harder, and coaches are a little louder at Murray State this week, and for good reason. Racers basketball coach Steve Prohm says his team has a very important six day stretch, and he's making sure they understand that.

"Some of them don't even know," Prohm said with a smirk. "So I'm trying to explain, let them know. You know ESPN has rivalry week, this is kind of our rivalry week, home with Southern Illinois and at Western Kentucky, two really big games."

It all starts with SIU tomorrow, a team that Murray State has had several tough battles against over the years. And Prohm admits he's happy to have the Salukis back on the scheudule after not playing for several years.

"My first year here we played them, and they were really good," he admitted. "They're going through change over the last couple of years there. They play hard, but I don't think they have the experience or the toughness they did eight years ago."

"A lot of people around Murray are very excited about the game," said junior forward Jarvis Williams. "We know what's at stake, because they're going to come out the same way, fired up knowing that it's  a rivalry game, so it's going to be a big game."

Prohm added that sophomore Zay Henderson, whose been out of action for a month with a broken hand, will suit up against Southern Illinois, but he's not sure if he'll play.