UIC = the University of Illinois at Chicago
Opponent: UIC Flames Site (Venue): Murray, Ky.
Date/Game Time: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023/3 p.m.
Audio: WFGS Froggy 103.7FM (PxP: Neal Bradley, Analyst: Kenny Roth)
TV: ESPNU (PxP: Connor Onion Analyst: Rich Zvosec
Live Stats: GoRacers.com Twitter In Game: @MSURacers
MUR Record (Streak): 9-8 (L2) UIC Record (Streak): 9-9 (L4)
MUR Last Game: Lost 75-67 at UNI (Jan. 10)
UIC Last Game: Lost home vs Drake in OT 76-71 (Jan. 10)
All-Time Series vs. UIC: Tied 1-1
First Meeting: Feb. 2006 Racers won at home 72-68
Last Meeting: Nov. 2066 Racers lost at UIC 74-68
Last Overtime: None
Last MSU Win: 2006 Last UIC Win: 2006
Largest MSU Win: +4, 2006 home 72-68 Largest MSU Loss: -6, 2006 at UIC 74-68
Next MSU Game: Jan. 17 at Belmont Next MSU Home Game: Jan. 21 vs Indiana State
Next UIC Game: Jan. 17 at Valparaiso Next UIC Home Game: Jan. 21 vs UNI
Massey Ratings Prediction: Murray State 76 - UIC 66
9-9 (1-6 MVC)
Head Coach: Luke Yaklich
Alma Mater: Illinois State (1998)
at UIC: 3rd season (31-36)
Missouri Valley: 1-6
Murray State Racers
9-8 (4-3) MVC)
Head Coach: Steve Prohm
Alma Mater: Alabama (1997)
at MUR: 5th season (113-37)
Missouri Valley: 4-3
Racers & Flames Meet For Third Time
The Murray State Racers (9-8, 4-3 MVC) come back home to the CFSB Center in Murray, Kentucky to host the UIC Flames (9-9, 1-6 MVC) in a 3 p.m. game. Their first meeting since the old ESPN Bracket Buster days in 2006, it is much different in 2023. Now the game is a Missouri Valley Conference game and both teams join Belmont in 2022-23 as new Valley members.
Last Time Out
In the Racers' first meeting with UNI Tuesday in Cedar Falls, the game was decided by two big runs, one for each team. The Racers hit UNI with a 17-3 run to push out to a 60-51 lead with 7:52 left. However, the Racers went cold and didn't make a field goal over the next 6:21. After the Racers led 60-51 with 7:52 remaining, UNI outscored them 24-7. Rob Perry scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half, while Jamari Smith added 16 points and JaCobi Wood added 13.
Cameron Payne's Jersey To Be Retired
Murray State 2020 Hall of Fame member, Cameron Payne (2013-15) will be honored Saturday at halftime when his jersey No. 1 is to be retired and lifted to the rafters at the CFSB Center. Payne arrived at MSU from Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis and is now an NBA veteran and one of the greatest success stories in Racer history. In two successful seasons from 2013-15, Payne appeared in 69 games, scored more than 1,200 points and nearly reached 400 assists. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and the Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year. Payne joined Lamont Sleets as the only MSU freshmen to score 500 points in their rookie season.