Championship memories run deep for Murray State at OVC tournament


The Murray State Racers will play in their 31st Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Finals in the 59and game of the event, when the top-seeded runners (29-2) meet the third-seeded Morehead State Eagles at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana on Saturday. The 7:30 p.m. game will be broadcast live to a national television audience on ESPN2.

The Racers are 17-13 in OVC title games with recent wins in 2010, 2012, 2018 and 2019. Not only have the Racers won more than any team in the history of the event with 17 championships, but they also had their fair share of runners-up that they had to endure 13 times. In the end, the Racers are almost always in the hunt for the OVC Tournament title and they have won more than they have lost.

The Racers and Eagles have met 14 times in the OVC Tournament where Murray State has a 12-2 lead with the Eagles picking up wins in 1984 and 2016. Murray State met Morehead State once for the title, in 2010 when the Racers won 62-51 in Nashville, Tenn.

With a win, Murray State Coach Matt McMahon joins Steve Newton as the only running coaches to take the team to three NCAA tournaments. Newton led the Racers to the NCAAs in 1988, 1990 and 1991.

Ford Center Clear Bag Policy

There is a clear bag policy at the OVC tournament. As part of an ongoing commitment to safety and security, in line with best practices from leading entertainment and athletics venues, there is now a “See-Through Bag Policy” in effect at Ford Center.

Racer Basketball Legacy Fund

The new fundraising initiative invites Racer supporters to make a lasting impact on Murray State’s men’s and women’s basketball programs. Those interested in learning more about how you can support the Racer Basketball Legacy Fund initiative can contact the Director of Development-Athletics, Taylor Mudd at (270) 809-3517 or [email protected] for more information.

About Murray State Athletics
Located in Murray, Kentucky, the Murray State University Department of Athletics is a member of NCAA Division I and plays in the championship football subdivision. The Racers have 15 programs, including men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and golf teams and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, athletics and volleyball, as well as a mixed team of riflemen. . Currently a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, the Racers will join the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2022.


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