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NCAA Tournament Preview: Murray State Racers

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The Basics

  • Record: 30-1 (15-1 in the Ohio Valley)
  • Best Wins: Southern Miss, Dayton, Memphis, St. Mary's
  • Worst Losses: Tennessee State
  • Admirable Losses: n/a

Statistically Speaking (national ranking)

  • The good: 40.6 3P% (6th), 44.8 FT Rate (14th), 12.7 Steal% (15th)
  • The bad: 35.1 Off. Reb% on D (288th), Strength of schedule (155th), Height (331st tallest in NCAA)
  • The interesting: The Racers are right in the middle of the pack nationally when it comes to tempo (66.1), but played at a significantly slower pace (56) in their BracketBusters win over St. Mary's. Following the blueprint they laid out against the Gaels, slowing down the game with more half-court sets could be the way to go if this team plans on making a deep run.
What to Expect

Confidence. Murray State turned in one of the most remarkable mid-major campaigns of all-time in 2011-12, and Steve Prohm's team should be compensated accordingly on Selection Sunday. Junior guard Isaiah Canaan is impossible to contain from the perimeter (47.3% 3Ps), and is one of few under-the-radar mid-major guys who could easily step up and steal the spotlight this month. The Racers already know what it takes to reel off a string of victories. Now they just need to do it with their season on the line against a handful of elite teams.