Jonathan Stark
Racers 2nd - Stark POY In OVC MBB Media Poll
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The Murray State men's basketball squad was picked second when the Ohio Valley Conference revealed its Preseason Men's Media Poll and Jonathan Stark was named OVC Preseason Player of the Year. In total, 12 voters from around the league cast a ballot on whom they thought would be the 2017-18 basketball favorites and preseason player of the year.
 
In the fourth year that the media opinion has been sought by the OVC, the Racers received one first place vote and was second behind Belmont.
 
In a breakdown of the voting, Belmont picked up eight of the 13 first-place votes and 148 total points in being picked the preseason favorite. Murray State picked up one first-place votes and 138 points to be picked second while defending OVC Tournament champion Jacksonville State received two first-place votes and 132 points in being tabbed third. Tennessee State (95 points) and Eastern Kentucky (91) also picked up first-place votes in being selected fourth and fifth. The poll was rounded out by UT Martin (82), Tennessee Tech (80), Eastern Illinois (79), Morehead State (59), Austin Peay (48), Southeast Missouri (36) and SIUE (26).
 
2017-18 Media OVC Preseason Men's Predicted Order of Finish
1. Belmont (8 first-place votes) - 148 points
2. Murray State (1) - 138
3. Jacksonville State (2) - 132
4. Tennessee State (1) - 95
5. Eastern Kentucky (1) - 91
6. UT Martin - 82
7. Tennessee Tech - 80
8. Eastern Illinois - 79
9. Morehead State - 59
10. Austin Peay - 48
11. Southeast Missouri - 36
12. SIUE – 26
 
The OVC will release its preseason poll and All-OVC team, as voted on by league head coaches and sports information directors, on Tuesday, October 24 during the league's annual Media Day in Evansville.
 
The MSU women's team was selected fifth and Ke'Shunan James was picked as the OVC's Preseason Player of the Year giving the Racers a sweep of the media awards.
 
The 2017-18 season is the 93rd in Murray State men's history and the 70th in the OVC. While the Racer women's program will be competing in its 51st season and 39th season in the OVC.
 
Both Racer teams are looking forward to their exhibition games at the CFSB Center (Nov. 2) against McKendree at 7 p.m. The day is a doubleheader after the MSU women's team takes on Georgetown (KY) at 5 p.m.
 
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