Tag:Murray State
Posted on: March 18, 2010 5:30 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2010 11:42 pm

Madness came early


We have our first buzzer beater of the 2010 NCAA tournament.

Murray State's Danero Thomas drilled a 15-footer as the buzzer sounded to beat Vanderbilt 66-65.

For the second time in a row, a four seeded Vanderbilt team was sent home early from the big dance.  #13 Siena knocked off Vanderbilt in 2008 and today the Racers of Murray State pulled off the first-round upset.  At least Obama is getting something right .

Here are a few thoughts from the game:

A.J. Ogilvy, leave the highlights to "One Shining Moment"   A.J. Ogilvy's blonde highlights might work back in Australia, but this is America. And in America, basketball players put highlights on Sportscenter - not on their head.  And what was up with that mustache?

SEC Coach of the Year?   Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings won the SEC Coach of the Year over Kentucky's John Calipari this season in a WTF decision.  I demand to see his ACT scores.  COYs don't lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The kid crying in Murray's band will be the image of the tournament.   No matter what happens between now and the trophy presentation, that kid will be the face of the 2010 NCAA tournament.  I hope you saw him.

Was it really an upset?   On paper, a 13 seed over a 4 seed is an upset.  However, no one should be surprised that Murray State won.  This team is legit.

Danero was money.   "Dinero" is Spanish for "money."  "Danero" is basketball for "which Racer girl should I sleep with?"  Congrats on the big shot, Mr. Thomas.  It's one you'll never forget.  

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 8, 2010 3:00 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2010 4:51 pm

Five for Fighting


The NCAA Tournament is set to deliver four more bids tonight as Conference Championship week #2 tips off, but for the five schools with hands already stamped, the waiting game is now the formidable foe. Let's take a quick look into the waiting room, where knees and champagne are iced, and dated periodicals and Kiss FM will have to suffice until Sunday. 



Cornell  (Ivy League)

Mascot: Big Red

Record: 27-4

Projected seed: 10-12






The Big XII will send 7 or 8 teams to the big dance this season and could potentially have two #1 seeds, and still, only one team managed to scare the Kansas Jayhawks on their home floor all season...yep, Cornell. Boasting an ever-so-rare senior laden starting lineup, Cornell ran roughshod through the Ivy League and secured their second straight spot in the NCAA Tourney. This time, however, the Big Red should receive a much more favorable draw with the potential to make a run to the Sweet 16 behind a lethally accurate 3-point barrage and what else, but a gritty, intelligent approach to the game. The Washington Post's Sultan of Sentiment, John Feinstein, profiled the team in February and discovered that the entire team lives together in an off-campus house. Which, of course got me thinking...what happens when 14 teammates, picked to live in the same house,  stop being polite, and start being real? 


Mark Coury, forward: Umm, who ate my last string cheese?

Geoff Reeves, guard: Dude, don't you even look at me. You know I'm lactose intolerant. 

Coury: Yes, I know all about your gastrointestinal deficiencies as a result of enzymatic short-comings, but I need some answers. And I need cheese!

Jeff Foote, Center: What are you crying about now, Mark? Another B in organic chem? 

Reeves: Someone ate his cheese. 

Coury: Fine, I'm calling a house meeting. Game room, 10 minutes. 

Coury: (in confessional booth) It wasn't so much about the actual cheese as it was respect. Look, I can always go get more cheese at the grocery store but they don't sell loaves of respect. They also don't sell ginger ale, which really perturbs me. 


Winthrop (Big South)

Mascot: Eagles

Record: 19-13

Projected seed: 15


To most low-majors, simply earning a trip to the big show is enough to hang the proverbial hat, but for Winthrop, it's a habit. The Big South Tournament champs for the 9th time in 11 seasons are playing their best ball of the season at precisely the right time and will look to put a their patented scare into their first round opponent. In 2006, a 15-seeded Winthrop came up just two points shy of knocking off 2-seed Tennessee, and in 2007 as an 11-seed, stunned 6-seeded Notre Dame in what proved to be an upset on paper only. This year's Eagles don't appear quite as dangerous as in brackets of the past, but an unusually vulnerable slate of potential two seeds better take this tournament-tested bunch seriously. 



East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun)

Mascot: Buccaneers

Record: 20-14

Projected seed: 16


The Bucs enter the dance for the second consecutive season winners of their last six, and appear bound for bloodshed as an ornamental 16-seed. The Atlantic Sun was fairly mediocre this season even by low-major standards and their signature win against the Arkansas B-team merits only a golf clap, but back-to-back league crowns in an impressive feat nontheless, eh Ken?


Hey folks, Kenny Chesney here, pop-country chart topper, beach bum, and proud ETSU alum. I'm in the middle of recording my next album right now, Puka Shells n' Cheese, but you can bet I'll be in attendance to watch my Bucs in the big dance. I'll be sittin' courtside in my old rickety rockin' chair with a big ol' jug of sweet tea. I remember watching this team win the conference last year and thinkin, man, that's something that just don't happen twice, but lo and behold, here we are again, and I can proudly say I never wanted nothing more...well, other than Jimmy Buffet's career, of course. 




Murray State (Ohio Valley)

Mascot: Racers

Record: 30-4

Projected seed: 12-13


The Racers dominated the OVC this season and notched their NCAA leading 30th win dispatching defending champ Morehead State in the finals. Murray might be the most balanced team in the entire tourney, with all five starters averaging 10ppg. Second in the nation in FG%, third in scoring margin and fifth in steals, Murray has the ability on both sides of the ball to make a run at the Sweet 16. 



Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley)

Mascot: Panthers

Record: 28-4

Projected seed: 8-10


Trust me, nobody wants to meet UNI in the first round because the Panthers will certainly make you earn it. Second nationally in scoring defense at 55ppg, UNI dominated a stacked MVC tourney by allowing just 132 total points in three games. Aside from conquering MVC foes, UNI throttled Big Conference bottom-feeders Boston College and Iowa this season, which doesn't say much, but they'll likely draw one of the numerous mediocre teams from the power leagues in the first round and notch at least one win in the dance. Who knows, their savage approach to defense could certainly propel them even further and into immortality like two-time NFL MVP, one-time Cedar Falls bag boy, and UNI alum Kurt Warner. 

Now that, is immortality. 


Posted on: March 6, 2010 10:30 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2010 10:37 pm

The OVC: Horse Eats Eagle


Here's that up-to-the-second Ohio Valley Conference Tournament news you requested.

If the NCAA Tourney started tomorrow, the bracket -- which some would likely consider endlessly fantastic -- would consist of Cornell, Winthrop, East Tennessee State and Murray. 
Unfortunately, this awsomeness is not meant to be, and in the next week we'll see a host of much, much better teams. But for now, the bespectacled underdogs have the podium to themselves.

Tonight, the Murray State Racers finally broke what seemed like one giant two hour tie ballgame in the last minutes to claim their OVC Championship over a tenacious bunch from Morehead State. There's a reason head coach Billy Kennedy was the OVC Coach of the Year. Part of it was because of a 17-1 conference whoopin'. The other is that he figured out how to beat a frothing Morehead team which seemed bound and determined to upset the Racers. The result? A 62-51 victory that was much, much closer than it appears and a minor magic show from a determined Isaiah Canaan with 16 off-the-bench points.

All in all, a good night for Kentucky. UK clinches its 44th SEC title, Louisville offs Syracuse and two OVC greats face-off for a championship. Also, Eastern Kentucky University found an unscratched lottery ticket in a BW3s parking lot.

So welcome to the show, Murray. And guess what? Right now in a pool of your fellow tiny-conference champs, you're the Yankees with your fourteen NCAA Tourney appearances. Jeez, give someone else a chance, will you?

Posted on: February 25, 2010 10:44 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2010 7:50 pm

Nation's longest winning streak snapped, 70-65

Thomas Beisner

10:45 pm

On a cold, blustery Kentucky night and in front of a raucous crowd, the Morehead State Eagles sent the Murray State Racers a message in a physical win.  If they want to go dancing in March, they better be ready for a fight.

Facing an opponent that  boasted the nation's longest winning streak and delivered a 30-point beatdown to them in December, the Morehead State Eagles looked like they might have the right recipe for some NCAA Tournament magic, relying on rebounding and three-point shooting to hand the Racers their first OVC loss.  

The game was physical and emotional and exactly the type you'd expect from two OVC rivals battling for post-season bragging rights.  What was a tight first half resulted in a three-point halftime lead for the Eagles.  But, they weren't done there and came out hot in the second half, extending their lead to 11 at about the halfway point and keeping it in the 7-9 range before a Murray run that closed it to 61-60 with about a minute to go.

But, the Eagles weren't ready to hand this one away, even with star big man Kenneth Faried saddled up on the bench with five fouls.  Instead of folding, they found clutch plays from two of their other veteran players. 

With the Eagles hanging to a one-point lead and under a minute left, Steve Peterson , who finished with a team-high 16 points to go with 5 rebounds, stepped to the line and knocked down the first, pushing the lead to 62-60.  He missed the second, but grabbed his own rebound, giving his team another possession.  Coming out of a timeout, Morehead inbounded the ball to Terrance Hill who knocked down his third three of the game, extending the lead to five points and essentially nailing home the game.

When the buzzer sounded, Murray State's conference record was no longer unblemished and the message was clear.  It's going to be a two-team fight for the OVC's NCAA Tournament bid.  And it's going to be a fight.

What Else We Learned About Morehead

1.  The Guys have spirit, yes they do
- The Morehead All-Girls cheerleading team is fresh off of their seventh national championship, but it was the heavy presence of the the Y chromosome that was the most noticeable.  I'm not sure if it had an effect on the crowd's interest in the game, but Drew did run out to the car for his contacts after we started talking about it.

2.  Be Faried, be very Faried - If you haven't heard of Kenneth Faried, you better ask somebody.  In front of five NBA scouts, the junior from New Jersey posted his 21st double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds.  He has a knack for always being in the right place to make a play and, despite fouling out with his team up 1 and two minutes left in the game, there's no doubt the OVC Pre-Season Player of the Year was a man among boys.

3.  The Crowd came to party - After a night of sorry fandom at the Dean Dome, the Ellis T. Johnson Arena atmosphere was quite refreshing.  The students stood on their feet nearly the entire game and every person in the arena seemed to be rooting loudly for the Eagles.  It's the loudest I've ever heard 4,500 people.  And I hear 4,500 people a lot.  I'm pretty much an expert.

4.  No Morehead jokes - Not one.  Can you believe it?  Neither can we.  Especially on a night where a few miles down the road Kentucky is playing the Cocks.  We're maturing.

So, now we're off to.....ummmm......we don't know.  There's a snow storm blowing half of the East Coast away and there's a good chance we can't make it to Cornell and Syracuse.  So, were will we end up?

To be continued....

Posted on: February 25, 2010 8:23 pm

Courtside for Murray State vs Morehead State


8:05 PM

Ok honestly, this may not be a game that is on your national radar.  But tonight, we find ourselves in Morehead, Kentucky for a battle between the two best teams in the OVC, Murray State and Morehead State.  Why should you care?  I will give you five reasons:

1.  The NCAA Tournament:  One of these two teams will be in the NCAA Tournament and if its Murray State, they have a legitimate chance to win a game in the first round.  Murray State has won more games consecutively than any team in America.  Want to be smart in your tournament pool?  Learn more about Murray State.

2.  Kenneth Faried:   Chances are that if you dont live in Morehead, you have never heard of Faried.  Well I tell you who has, NBA Scouts.  There are six of them here tonight and they are all here to see Faried.  He has a chance to play himself into the NBA Draft if he finishes the season well.  Get to know the name of the Renaldo Balkman lookalike.

3.  Phil Simms Went Here:  You watch our parent network's number #1 NFL team, but you probably dont know that Simms is a graduate of Morehead State.  The relationship between the school and Simms has been dicey, but he is without question the most famous alumnus, and you can use that tidbit of knowledge on "Stump the Schwab."

4.  Popeye Jones is Handsome:  As you can see above, Popeye Jones is one of the better looking men you will find in the lower 48 states.  He got his basketball talent, crazy nickname and awesome ears while playing at Murray State.  Plus, I needed an excuse to run that picture.

5.  We Drove a Long Way to be Here:  We came through West Virginia, which is mountainous, boring and has towns that look like the town in "Hoosiers", only more depressing.  It snowed the entire way and we considered quitting...but we had a mission to see the two "MSUs" that arent Michigan State play.  Plus this is the only game of the trip in which all four correspondents are here.  So pay attention.

And oh yeah, Kentucky plays later and we will let you know if they win.

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