Basketball Preview: Murray State - Tennessee Martin



Murray State - UT Martin Skyhawks
Site (Venue): Murray, Ky. (CFSB Center)
Date/Game Time: Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022/7 p.m.
Audio: WFGS Froggy 103.7FM (PxP: Neal Bradley Analyst: Kenny Roth)
TV/Live Streaming: ESPN+
Twitter In Game: @MSURacers
MUR Record (Streak): 16-2, 6-0 (Won 6)
UTM Record (Streak): 6-12, 2-4 (Lost 3)
MUR Last Game: Won 91-51 home vs EIU (Jan. 20)
UTM Last Game: Lost 72-57 at home vs APSU (Jan. 20)
All-Time Series vs. UTM: Racers lead 55-7 (30-1 at home)
First Meeting: 1979 Home Racers     Won    75-65
Last Meeting: 2021 Home Racers Won 84-55
Largest MSU Win: +33 77-44 Away 2004
Largest UTM Win: +7 83-76 Neutral 2017
Last Five vs UTM: MSU 5-0 (MSU has won last
Next MSU Game: Jan. 24 home vs Tennessee Tech
Next MSU Road Game:  Jan. 27 vs Tennessee Tech
Massey Ratings Prediction: Murray State 82 - UT Martin 62

Racers Host UTM In 63rd Meeting

On a roll with a six-game win streak and 10 games at home, the Murray State Racers welcome the UT Martin Skyhawks for a Saturday 7 p.m. game Saturday night at the CFSB Center in Murray, Kentucky. The day is the second game of a doubleheader day at the Bank. The MSU women's team plays the first game at 5 p.m.

The game finds the surging Racers coming off a 91-51 win Thursday against Eastern Illinois as they again are nearing a 20-win season. When the Racers get there, it will mark the fourth time in seven seasons that Coach Matt McMahon's program has won 20 games in a single season and the third in the last four seasons.

Racers vs UTM Series

The Racers (16-2, 6-0 OVC) are meeting the Skyhawks for the 63rd time in their series that played its first game in 1979 at old Racer Arena. The Racers are 55-7 all-time against UTM and are 30-1 at home.

MSU's Dynamic Duo - Brown & Williams

The amazing careers of Tevin Brown and KJ Williams have been on full display in the 2021-22 season as each are becoming future Murray State Hall of Famers before our eyes. Entering the UTM game, they've each appeared in well over 100 games and the biggest thing that jumps out is their consistency. That's exactly what it takes to accomplish the things that we're seeing them do. Brown is one of only three MSU players to score 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and give out 350 assists. Williams is the ninth Racer to score 1,000 and haul in 700 rebounds.

Brown Eyes OVC 3-Point Record

Tevin Brown set a new record for made 3-point baskets in the Racers' win Monday at EIU of 305 as he passed MSU Hall of Famer Isaiah Canaan who starred for the Racers from 2009-13 with 304. After four more made 3-pointers vs EIU, Brown now has 311 threes at Murray State. The OVC record of 319 is now only nine threes away for Brown. The record is currently held byRon Greene Austin Peay's Joe Sibbitt who made 319 threes from 1994-98.

Coach Ron Greene Day Saturday

Racer Nation celebrates the life and career of Coach Ron Greene Saturday when MSU hosts UT Martin. Greene was 82 when he passed away March 31, 2021. He  played for legend Cal Luther in the 1960's and came back in 1978 to bring the Racers into the modern era. His Racers won three OVC regular season championships (1979-80, 1981-82 & 1982-83). Coach Greene had 119 wins, which was third all-time at MSU and he was a two-time OVC Coach of the Year (1980 & 1983). He coached two OVC Player of the Year winners: Gary Hooker (1980) and Glenn Green (1983). Lamont Sleets (MSU Hall of Fame 1987) was a Greene recruit.  All-OVC performers John Randall (1979), Kenny Hammonds (1979), Ricky Hood (1982) and Craig Talley (1985) all played for Coach Greene. 

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