I have an evil alter ego. He’s a mean, maniacal Swede.
His name is Sven.
Sven’s got jokes. Sven plays pranks. Sven likes to make Ben look like an idiot, as if I couldn’t do that myself.
Sven hijacked last week’s column. Frankly, I was disappointed but not surprised. The piece was supposed to be an objective look at Murray State’s seeding in this week’s tournament titled “The Montana State Rule.” Instead, Sven renamed it “Tourney Time” and turned it into a series of wild and witless prognostications.
Las Vegas, Nev., and Murray, are separated by seven states and 1, 725 miles and are on opposite sides of the country. The differences between the two cities are vast, but senior guard Donte Poole, a Las Vegas native, sees it as he does most everything in life: as an opportunity to learn.
“Vegas is always known for the lights and the strip and of course Murray doesn’t have any of that; they rarely have street lights,” Poole said. “I was born and raised in the city and that’s what I’m used to but you can learn from a small town just as much as you can learn from a big city.”
Thursday’s matchup with Colorado State will mark Murray State’s 15th NCAA Tournament appearance.
? 2012: Led by rookie Head Coach Steve Prohm, the Racers capped off their best regular season in school history by winning the OVC regular season and conference titles and going into the tournament with a 30-1 record.
? 2010: Danero Thomas hit a game-winning two-point jumper at the buzzer to lift the No. 3 seeded Racers to their second tournament win in school history, a 66-65 nail biter over No. 4 seed Vanderbilt. The Racers, led by Head Coach Billy Kennedy, lost a close one to the eventual tournament runner-up Butler, 54-52. Continue reading “History of Murray State March Madness”
Tournament time is just around the corner and the Racers are preparing for the NCAA phenomenon. Murray State fans everywhere are more than excited to see the Racers (originally picked third in the Ohio Valley Conference) doing better than everyone expected. With heavy media coverage and recognition of their success, the Racers are moving to the tournament under heavy speculation.
A client of the Regional Business and Innovation Center (RBIC), which is located next to the CFSB center, has received a $30,000 grant from the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation.
Scott Allen, who heads Wisdom Tree Technologies, developed the defense and aerospace contracting company in hopes of continuing serving the military after serving 22 years. The grant was given to Allen through a recommendation of the RBIC.
“What the grant will do is help us to continue our research and help develop tools (that) we use in our company,” he said.
Allen, who is a native of Murray, hopes his business will help stimulate the local economy. He said the great support from the RBIC and the local community is greatly appreciated.
The RBIC has been aiding Murray-based businesses and other in the 20 most western counties of Kentucky get their foundation in the technical business world as well as providing them with the step-by-step assistance to maintaining their stability. Continue reading “RBIC offers services local entrepreneurs”
If location is everything, the Racers have the advantage.
The Racers will be playing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Colorado State at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. at 11:15 today.
With the close proximity of the game the fan support should be intense and the team said they need the support of Racer Nation to prevail in the Big Dance.
“If we get the support it makes more sense to be a six (seed) in Louisville, Ky., or six in Nashville, Tenn. Now we have to get the fans to come,” Head Coach Steve Prohm said. “Hopefully they’ll make the trip and they’ve made the trip all year so I’m encouraged that we’ll have 7,000 to 8,000 people there.” Continue reading “Racer Nation travel logistics”
If the Racers defeat Colorado State today they will play again in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday against the winner of the matchup between third seed Marquette and 14th seed Iona. Marquette’s leading scorers are seniors Jae Crowder, a 6-foot-6 forward who averages 17.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, and 6-foot-2 guard Darius Johnson-Odom, who averages 18.5 points per game.
Marquette averages 76 points and 36 rebounds per game compared to the Racers 74 points and 33 rebounds. Marquette enters the tournament having lost two of their last three games after being eliminated by Louisville in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
All season Murray State Head Coach Steve Prohm has encouraged his team to do two important things:
Keep their eyes up and stay on their wall.
Both mottos come from biblical passages but the latter hails from Nehemiah 6:3 when Nehemiah and a group of men were rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem and when people tried to distract Nehemiah from completing his wall, he simply replied, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.”
The Murray State Racers have been doing a great work all year including setting record after record and building every segment of the wall placed in front of them but now look to begin a new phase of wall construction as they enter the NCAA Tournament with the best record in the nation. Continue reading “Team continues to build, stay on wall”