After two amazing seasons in which the Murray State men's basketball team won a pair of Ohio Valley Conference regular season and tournament championships, appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and put the program into the national spotlight like never before, the Racers announced the schedule for the 2019-20 season.
Matt McMahon enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Racers. Murray State will play several close road games in the region allowing Racer fans to make short trips to attend. The Racers have a great home schedule at the CFSB Center where they're 29-3 over the last two seasons.
"We are thrilled that our 2019-20 schedule features 16 home games at the CFSB Center," McMahon said. "We are really looking forward to participating in the Gulf Coast Showcase over Thanksgiving week. The tournament field is loaded with outstanding programs and we will get three great neutral court games in Florida. We will also be tested on the road with games at Tennessee, Missouri State, and another trip back to the Ford Center to face Evansville on December 21. We feel this challenging non-conference schedule will prepare us well for OVC play."
The Racers get the season going with an exhibition game against Martin Methodist (Nov. 4) at the CFSB Center.
The season opener has Southern University coming to the CFSB Center (Nov. 9) as the Racers begin their 22nd season at the arena.
MSU's first road contest is at Tennessee (Nov. 12), before they come home to host Brescia (Nov. 16) and Southern Illinois (Nov. 19).
OVC play begins at the CFSB Center when UT Martin and Southeast Missouri visit on Jan. 2 & 4.
The OVC Tournament once again goes to the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana where the Racers will try for their third consecutive title March 4-7, 2020.
2019-20 Murray State Men's Basketball Schedule
Nov. 4 Martin Methodist (Exhibition) Home CFSB Center
Nov. 9 Southern Home CFSB Center
Nov. 12 Tennessee Away Knoxville, Tenn.
Nov. 16 Brescia Home CFSB Center
Nov. 19 Southern Illinois Home CFSB Center
Nov. 25 Gulf Coast Showcase vs La Salle Neutral Estero, Fla.
Nov. 26 Gulf Coast Showcase vs Weber State or Wright State Neutral Estero, Fla.
Nov. 27 Gulf Coast Showcase vs Northeastern, South Alabama, Drake or Miami (OH) Neutral Estero, Fla.
Dec. 3 Missouri State Away Springfield, Mo.
Dec. 7 Middle Tennessee Home CFSB Center
Dec. 16 Kennesaw State Home CFSB Center
Dec. 21 Evansville Away Evansville, Ind.
Dec. 28 Cumberland Home CFSB Center
Jan. 2 *UT Martin Home CFSB Center
Jan. 4 *Southeast Missouri Home CFSB Center
Jan. 9 *Jacksonville State Away Jacksonville, Ala.
Jan. 11 *Tennessee Tech Away Cookeville, Tenn.
Jan. 16 *UT Martin Away Martin, Tenn.
Jan. 18 *Southeast Missouri Away Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Jan. 23 *Belmont Home CFSB Center
Jan. 25 *Tennessee State Home CFSB Center
Jan. 30 *Eastern Illinois Home CFSB Center
Feb. 1 *SIUE Home CFSB Center
Feb. 6 *Belmont Away Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 8 *Tennessee State Away Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 13 *Austin Peay Away Clarksville, Tenn.
Feb. 15 *Morehead State Home CFSB Center
Feb. 20 *Eastern Illinois Away Charleston, Ill.
Feb. 22 *SIUE Away Edwardsville, Ill.
Feb. 27 *Eastern Kentucky Home CFSB Center
Feb. 29 *Austin Peay Home CFSB Center
March 4-7 OVC Tournament Neutral Evansville, Ind.