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Racers Roll Into Crimson Tide Country For Monday Clash

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Date:
Nov. 26 Time: 7 p.m. CT Site: Tuscaloosa, Ala. Arena: Coleman Coliseum
Radio: Racer Radio - WFGE 103.7 FM - PXP-Neal Bradley, Analyst-Kenny Roth TV: None Web Streaming Video: ESPN3 & SEC Plus PXP-Eli Gold, Analyst-Wimp Sanderson, Reporter-Meggi Hetzel Audio: GoRacers.com & Froggy103.com Live Stats: StatBroadcst.com Twitter: @MSURacers @RacersHoops @RacerDave23

Series: UA leads 3-1 Home: None Away: UA leads 2-1 Neutral: UA leads 1-0 Last Meeting: March 1991 in NCAA Tournament (Atlanta) UA won 89-79

MSU Last: Saturday Home vs Missouri State Won 77-66 AU Last: Nov. 18 At Charleston Classic vs Wichita State Won 90-86 MSU Next: Dec. 1 H vs Prairie View A&M MSU next Away: Dec. 8 at Middle Tennessee  AU Next: Nov. 29 at Central Florida AU Next Home: Dec. 4 vs Georgia State

The Murray State Racers (3-0) hit the road for the first time Monday (Nov. 26) to face the Alabama Crimson Tide at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa.

Froggy 103 (WFGS 103.7 FM) airs every MSU game with "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley calling the action in his 28th season. Former MSU assistant coach Kenny Roth provides commentary. Froggy103.com and GoRacers.com has free online streaming audio. The game can also be seen online at ESPN3 and SEC Plus  with Eli Gold, Coach Wimp Sanderson and Meggi Hetzel calling the action.

The Racers meet Alabama for the first time since they played in Atlanta in the 1991 NCAA Tournament. Coach Steve Newton led the Racers as a No. 13 seed against the No. 4 seed Crimson Tide.  The Racers lone win in the series came in 1980 at Alabama in the National Invitational Tournament. This game marks their first meeting in the regular season since 1985.

The Racers enter the game ranked No. 112 in the KenPom rankings, while Alabama (4-1) has a No. 61 ranking. The Crimson Tide are coming off a three-game appearance in the Charleston Classic (Nov. 15-18) where they defeated Appalachian State 81-73, lost to Northeastern 68-52 and defeated Wichita State 90-86.

The Racers hit the road for the first time after opening the season at home with wins over Wright State, Spalding and Missouri State. In Saturday's 77-66 win over the Bears, Murray State sophomore Ja Morant posted his second triple-double in his Racer career. With one triple-double at MSU (last December against Eastern Illinois at home), the star sophomore poured in 29 points on 9-of-18 from the field including 6-of-12 from the 3-point line. He also added 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Morant's points, 3-point baskets and rebounds were all career highs in his short time at Murray State that is only 35 games old. Shaq Buchanan added his own big game with 20 points on 7-of-13 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Buchanan and Morant combined for 49 points on 16-of-31 from the field in the game. 

For the first time this season, the Racers saw two players reach 20 points in scoring. This was accomplished three times in the 2017-18 season and Jonathan Stark was involved in all of them. The first saw him score 21 while Terrell Miller added 24 against Auburn (Dec. 19, 2017). The second was on Jan. 25, 2018 against Morehead State when Stark had 23 and Miller 21. The third instance was Stark scoring 29 points and Ja Morant 23 against SEMO on Feb. 1, 2018.

The Racers are back at home Saturday (Dec. 1) to host Prairie View A&M in a 7 p.m. tip at the CFSB Center. The game will be the second part of a doubleheader at The Bank after the MSU women's team hosts Alabama A&M at 5 p.m. After a week off to finish the fall semester, the Racers hit the road for a pair of games against Middle Tennessee (Dec. 8) and Southern Illinois (Dec. 12).
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