MSU Road Trip Starts At Ole Miss

Terrell Miller
Dave Winder-Murray State Athletics

Men's Basketball | 12/13/2016 7:43:00 PM

MURRAY STATE RACERS (5-5)
Head Coach:
Matt McMahon (Appalachian State, 2000)
Career Record: 22-19 (2nd season) • At MSU: Same 

OLE MISS REBELS (6-3)
Head Coach:
Andy Kennedy (UAB, 1991)
Career Record: 239-142 (12th season) • At OM: 218-129 (11th season)

Date-Time: Dec. 15 - 7 p.m. CT
Site: Oxford, Miss. Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss
TV: None Radio: Racer Radio - WFGE 103.7 FM
Neal Bradley & Dave Winder
Web Streaming: Audio: GoRacers.com & 
Froggy103.com Video: SEC+, Watch ESPN 
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Twitter In Game: @RacersHoops @RacerDave23

Series History
Overall:
MSU 3-2 Home: MSU 2-0 Away: Ole Miss  2-1 Neutral: None Overtime: None

First Meeting: 1958 Away - Ole Miss won 67-61
Last Meeting: 20010 Away - Ole Miss won 71-67

MSU Next: Away (Dec. 17) at South Dakota State
Ole Miss Next:  Home (Dec. 19) vs Bradley

The Murray State Racers take on the Ole Miss Rebels for the first time since 2010 Thursday when the two meet at The Pavilion At Ole Miss Thursday in a 7 p.m. game in Oxford, Miss.

Froggy 103 (WFGE 103.7 FM) airs every MSU game with "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley, in his 26th season calling the action. Dave Winder, assistant AD for Media Relations provides commentary. Froggy103.com and GoRacers.com has free online streaming audio and live streaming video can be found at SEC-Plus and WatchESPN. 

The Racers are 5-5 and have won three of their last five and alternated wins and losses in that time.

MSU scored a 103-65 win Monday night over the Bethel Wildcats as they pushed their home win streak to six. MSU had nine players score and six made it to double-figures led by 20 from Bryce Jones. The freshman duo of Jachai Taylor and Gilbert Thomas produced as Taylor scored 19 points had Thomas pulled down nine rebounds. Jonathan Stark is MSU's leading scorer with a per-game average of 20.6. MSU features a balanced attack with four averaging 10 points per game or better.

The Racers face an Ole Miss team that is 6-3 and has alternated wins and losses in its last six games. Ole Miss played at Virginia Tech Sunday and lost 80-75. Ole Miss is 4-1 at home this season and defeated Memphis 85-77 on Dec. 3. Deandre Burnett leads the Rebels with a 20.0 scoring average and Sebastian Saiz leads the team with 11.2 rebounds per game.

The Racers lead the series 3-2 against Ole Miss, but lost the last meeting in Oxford in 2010. The Racers will get to play in the Rebel's new arena. The $96.5-million Pavilion at Ole Miss saw its first game last January 7, 2016 when the Rebels beat Alabama.

MSU is 12-31 all-time against SEC teams. Last season MSU lost at Georgia 63-52. MSU's last win over an SEC team was in 2013 at the Charleston Classic when they beat Auburn 79-59.  

When the Racers go to Ole Miss Thursday, they'll be looking to snap an nine-game non-conference losing skid dating back to the 2015 NIT when they won at Tulsa. After that win, the Racers lost at Old Dominion, which turned out to be the final game for Coach Steve Prohm (now at Iowa State) and NBA draft pick Cameron Payne. Last season, the Racers lost difficult road games at Georgia, Houston, Illinois State and Wright State. This season, MSU has dropped games at Middle Tennessee, Bowling Green, Southern Illinois and Evansville. After playing at Ole Miss, the Racers travels to Brookings, S.D. on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. 
 
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