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Bidwell's Blog: Who voted for Murray State this week?

For the second-straight week, the Murray State Racers found themselves receiving votes in this week's Associated Press college basketball poll. While six AP voters had Murray State on their ballot, up from five last week, the Racers stayed at nine…

Tennessee #1 in AP Poll; Murray State receives votes

Tennessee is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll after three of the top five teams lost last week. The Vols received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel on Monday, well ahead…

1/20 Racer Rewind

In Murray State's two games this week against Eastern Illinois and SIU Edwardsville, Ja Morant was phenomenal. The sophomore guard, along with his teammates produced head turning plays to win each game.…

Brown helps Bradley win 1st MVC game 57-54 over Salukis

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Darrell Brown scored 16 points, hitting two key baskets down the stretch, and Bradley survived two missing 3-point attempts in the closing seconds to defeat Southern Illinois 57-54 on Sunday. Brown hit a shot-clocking beating 3-pointer…

Harris, Walker lead Morehead St past UT Martin 85-77

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - Lamontray Harris scored 20 points and Jordan Walker added 19 to lead Morehead State to an 85-77 win over Tennessee Martin on Saturday night. The Eagles (7-12, 3-3 Ohio Valley Conference), who have won three straight,…

Nwora helps Louisville blast Georgia Tech, 79-51

ATLANTA (AP) - Jordan Nwora scored 25 points and continued his hot streak to lead Louisville to a 79-51 runaway win over short-handed Georgia Tech on Saturday. The sophomore forward entered the game as the Atlantic Coast Conference's most improved…

No. 12 Kentucky holds off No. 14 Auburn 82-80

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Tyler Herro made two free throws with 24 seconds left and Immanuel Quickley added another to help No. 12 Kentucky survive a big rally from No. 12 Auburn, 82-80 on Saturday. The Wildcats (14-3, 4-1 Southeastern…

Canaan gives Morant advice on success

During Thursday nights 83-61 over Eastern Illinois, Murray State's Ja Morant scored 27 points and racked up nine assists. He did it in front of over 100 Racer fans in attendance…

Weaver hits six 3-pointers in EKU's 97-73 rout of UT Martin

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - Dujuanta Weaver scored 18 points on six 3-pointers as Eastern Kentucky romped past UT Martin 97-73 on Thursday night to snap a four-game skid. Weaver was 6-of-11 shooting from long range. Houston King added 16 points…

List of Vols' violations include Fulmer offering instruction

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has reported a minor NCAA violation that involved athletic director Phillip Fulmer instructing offensive linemen during a football practice. This was one of eight Level III athletics violations that Tennessee reported over the last six…

Louisville holds off Boston College 80-70

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Jordan Nwora scored 18 of his career-high 32 points before the break before adding five points late that helped Louisville hold off Boston College 80-70 on Wednesday night. Following up their 21-point road upset of then-No.…

Illinois State beats SIU at home for 12th-straight time

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Phil Fayne made the decisive free throw with 5.7 seconds left and Illinois State edged Southern Illinois 59-58 on Tuesday night for its 12th straight series win at home. Fayne, a 67.4 percent free-throw shooter, was…

Hagans silences Georgia crowd, lifts No. 12 Kentucky, 69-49

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Ashton Hagans silenced a hostile crowd by scoring a season-high 23 points, leading No. 12 Kentucky to a 69-49 victory over Georgia on Tuesday night. The Wildcats (13-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) pulled away in the second…

Morant assisting his way through record books

In two games last week, Murray State sophomore point guard Ja Morant racked up 32 assists in wins over UT Martin and Southeast Missouri. Morant had 18 alone against the Skyhawks on Thursday night, setting a new single game school…

No. 18 Kentucky fights back again to top Vanderbilt 56-47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Ashton Hagans and Keldon Johnson each scored 15 points and combined to rally No. 18 Kentucky from another slow start in a 56-47 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night. Perimeter shooting propelled the Commodores to a…

Williams' 3 completes Marshall comeback over W. Kentucky

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Taevion Kinsey scored a career-high 23 points, freshman Jannson Williams blocked five shots and scored 12, including the winning 3-pointer with 21 seconds left, and Marshall rallied to beat Western Kentucky 70-69 on Saturday night to…

Valparaiso holds off Southern Illinois 65-61

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Derrik Smits scored 16 points with eight rebounds and Deion Lavender had a clutch basket with 13 seconds left and Valparaiso held off Southern Illinois 65-61 on Saturday. The Crusaders (11-6, 4-0 Missouri Valley Conference) had…

Pepper, Mathews lead Lipscomb past North Florida

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Eli Pepper had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Garrison Mathews scored 25 points and Lipscomb defeated North Florida 81-66 on Wednesday night.  Pepper, a Caldwell County High School graduate, also became the school's all-time leading rebounder…

No. 18 Kentucky rallies to pull away from Texas A&M 85-74

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Tyler Herro had 21 points, Ashton Hagans scored a career-high 18 and No. 18 Kentucky overcame a 10-0 deficit before holding off Texas A&M for an 85-74 victory on Tuesday night. The Wildcats (11-3, 1-1 Southeastern…

No. 3 Tennessee cruises to road rout of Missouri 87-63

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Kyle Alexander had 14 points and a career-high 17 rebounds as third-ranked Tennessee beat Missouri 87-63 Tuesday, the Vols' second straight blowout victory in Southeastern Conference play. Jordan Bowden came off the bench to score 20…

Kentucky drops to 18th in AP Poll

Duke, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia remain in the top four spots of The Associated Press men's college basketball poll. The rest of the top 10 became a jumble after three ranked teams lost last week. The Blue Devils received 37…

1/6 Racer Rewind

The Murray State Racers opened up OVC play with two wins at home over Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky. Once again the Racers proved they can be one of the most electric…

Louisville rallies to wear down Miami 90-73 in ACC play

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Jordan Nwora scored 18 of his 20 points before halftime, Malik Williams finished with a career-high 19 and Louisville overcame a 15-point deficit to rout Miami 90-73 on Sunday night to give coach Chris Mack his…

Pippen leads Southern Illinois past Northern Iowa 58-51

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Kavion Pippen tossed in 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Southern Illinois turned back Northern Iowa 58-51 on Saturday night. Aaron Cook and Marcus Bartley scored 14 and 13, respectively, for the Salukis (9-6, 2-0…

Southeast Missouri rallies from big deficit, wins in OT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Isaiah Gable hit four 3-pointers and scored 28 points and Southeast Missouri rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to beat UT Martin 74-69 in overtime and snap a five-game losing streak on Saturday night. The…

No. 3 Tennessee trounces Georgia 96-50 to open SEC play

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jordan Bowden scored 20 points off the bench as No. 3 Tennessee opened Southeastern Conference competition by trouncing Georgia 96-50 on Saturday for its eighth consecutive victory. Tennessee recorded the most lopsided triumph in this series'…

Mack, Alabama upset No. 13 Kentucky 77-75 in SEC opener

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Tevin Mack made six first-half 3-pointers on his way to 22 points, and Alabama held off No. 13 Kentucky 77-75 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Dazon Ingram scored all 11 of…