A Seattle native, the 19-year-old Murray … Find out the latest on your favorite NCAAB teams on CBSSports.com. Dejounte Murray Playoffs Game Log. Murray State helped create Ja Morant, not the other way around. I think I possibly have the two most talented players in the league. Basketball-nba draft picks the Murray State Racers. Since 2018, Murray State has won 91% of its league games. ... Dejounte Murray… © 2004-2021 CBS Interactive. Murray State's been to 10 NCAA Tournaments since 1997, which is more appearances than approximately 20% of teams from power conferences in that same span. A season ago, Belmont and Murray State each won an NCAA Tournament game. Here's why the Big Ten is going to have a very good shot at putting 10 teams into the tourney: there are 85 Quad 1 games left on the league schedule, but just 21 Quad 2, 13 Quad 3 and five Quad 4. Part of why both teams are thriving: they're travel partners, meaning that opponents always have to face Murray State and Austin Peay the same weekend, be it on the road or at home. "Tevin Brown, his ability as such a smart player, his ability to move without the ball and read screens and score at such an efficient clip has been huge for us.". Don't think undefeated San Diego State has a chance at the No. Team Rankings estimates the Scarlet Knights at 59% to get a bid. Morant isn’t the first Murray State player to be a high draft selection. He played college basketball for Murray State. At 17-5 and with a 10-0 mark in the OVC, Murray State's nestled atop the league standings next to undefeated Austin Peay. Eastern Illinois has now gotten its first conference win of the season with the victory over Tenn Tech. Historic Drafts. For example, if you purchase a $39.95 package that doesn’t profit, you’ll get a $39.95 credit towards any future purchase(s) on our site. That will be tough to do again, but the conference is the only one (aside from the eight-team Ivy League, only three weeks into conference play) to have two undefeated teams still standing on Feb. 5. Murray State's won 21 straight league games and is the Duke/Kentucky/Kansas of its league. Combine that with their layman-like free-throw rate (179th) and that combo is probably the biggest threat to Louisville not making it to Atlanta -- which of course it made it to in 2013, when it won the national title. Murray State, a team that had big aspirations heading into conference play, has not lost three straight games in Ohio Valley play. Murray State hadn’t lost a game since a Jan. 31 trip to Jacksonville State. Despite losing its last three games, I still believe that Murray State is the far better team in this matchup. Hailey Van Lith sinks a pair of 3-pointers for Louisville vs. Syracuse in the fourth quarter. He's probably, year in and year out, up there with the most double-double guys. Should either of these two get back into the Big Dance, the OVC will have a healthy shot at yet another upset. I think we are getting a nice valuable line here with the Racers, so I will take Murray State and lay the points on the road. section: | slug: court-report-murray-state-is-still-thriving-even-after-losing-nba-rookie-of-the-year-favorite-ja-morant | sport: collegebasketball | route: article_single.us | • Big Board 1.0: Top 20 prospects. With Jordyn, nobody in the league can guard him.". Don't know if any player appreciates their situation more right now than. It's the equivalent of football. Eastern Illinois' leading scorer so far this season has been G Josiah Wallace, who has scored 17.9 points per game for the Panthers. "I didn't know we were going to be this good at this point in the year -- if I told you that Id be lying," Figger said. Murray State is now 4-5 overall and 1-3 in conference play this season, as it has been a poor start for the Racers. Murray, a 6'5" guard, averaged 16.1 points, six rebounds and 4.4 assists this season. Eastern Illinois Panthers (4-5) vs Murray State Racers (4-5). What's new College teams Login to My DraftSite Register to My DraftSite. Vanderbilt's Aaron Nesmith (23.0 ppg, 52.2 3-point%) last played on Jan. 8 due to a stress fracture in his right foot. Murray State as a team has scored 81.6 points per game and has shot the ball at a 53.7% clip from the field. Murray State opens as a 3.5-point favorite and the total is set at 141.5. Murray State, a team that had big aspirations heading into conference play, has not lost three straight games in Ohio Valley play. MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Murray State says that All-American guard Ja Morant will enter the NBA draft following a record-breaking season for the Racers. "Tell that computer to play my point-to-wing entry, because you're not getting a point-to-wing try pass in on us. Login Register. Credit to Racers coach Matt McMahon, who's a terrific leader and aligning to be the next Murray State coach to get a gig in a bigger conference, following in the footsteps of Mark Gottfried, Mick Cronin, Billy Kennedy and Steve Prohm. The official Men's Basketball page for the Murray State University Racers The last time one of those schools was sub-.500 at the start of February was the 2009-10 season, when Indiana (9-11) and UCLA (10-11) did it. "We're less dependent on the ball screen, obviously we had one of the best ball-screen players in college basketball history for the last couple of years," McMahon said. 2020 season schedule, scores, stats, and highlights. As a condition of viewing this website viewers agree to hold the owner of this website harmless from any claims arising from the viewer’s participation in any of the games and/or activities offered by the advertiser. 24, was one of the players featured in my Kobe Bryant piece this week. "I've joked with Matt that he owes me about a third of that league trophy every year," Figger said. PGA Tour. This season is the latest evidence of the brawn of one of the best mid-majors in college basketball. MSU is still capable of going to the Final Four, but his two-way ability is definitely needed on this team. Murray State faces Eastern Illinois on Thursday, January 7th at Lantz Arena for an NCAA basketball matchup in the OVC. LPGA Tour. By the end of July, Morant committed to Murray State, intrigued by the possibility of following former Racer point guards Isaiah Canaan and Cameron Payne — … Every possession becomes a one-on-one game. NHL Hockey. "I watched his show 'Details' a bunch," Nesmith said. Murray State's been to 10 NCAA Tournaments since 1997, which is more appearances than approximately 20% of teams from power conferences in that same span. College: Washington Jerry Palm's Bracketology: Who Hurt Their Case on Tuesday, continues to rack up Ws for being awesome at Twitter, was one of the players featured in my Kobe Bryant piece this week, Apple Podcasts section for the Eye on College Basketball Podcast, Winners & losers: Tough slate for ranked teams, WATCH: Stanford knocks off No. Credits do not expire. The Racers and Governors will face each other for the first time this season on Feb. 13, the most highly anticipated matchup in the conference. Murray State's free-throw rate has been big in its continuing OVC dominance. WTA Women's Tennis. Born in Dresden, Tennessee, Jones played college basketball for Murray State University.He finished his college career as a three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection, a two-time honorable mention All-America and was named OVC Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991.Jones was honored as the OVC's Athlete of the Year in 1991 and 1992. ... Murray State University Racers . NCAA Basketball. Nesmith told me on Sunday that he had surgery Jan. 28 that involved two pins being put into his foot to aid recovery. Our NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie breaks down his NBA … Meantime, Austin Peay hasn't been this good since 2003-04, the last time Peay started 10-0. SELECT A SPORT: Draft Year: All. @ me early and often -- lob your question my way on Twitter. Murray State. Eastern Illinois has also allowed 74.6 points per game to its opponents as well. Mixed Martial Arts. Credits will automatically reduce what you owe. At 17.4 points per game, he's already a top-five guy in the league. NBA Basketball. To use your credits, log in to your account and add another package or pass to your cart. Murray State faces Eastern Illinois on Thursday, January 7th at Lantz Arena for an NCAA basketball matchup in the OVC. "We never once sat down after the season and said, 'How do we replace Ja Morant?'" Eastern Illinois is coming off an 87-81 win over Tennessee Tech at home in its last game on January 2nd. College basketball odds and lines Belmont avenges Murray State to claim Ohio Valley Conference championship by Collin Sherwin DraftKings Nation Mar 8, 2020, 3:05pm EDT Taylor's the best player, without debate, in the OVC. I knew Kobe was a mastermind with footwork and how you break down player in the post. The No. "Terry is, to me, the most undervalued, underappreciated player in college basketball," Figger said. Get Our Experts BEST BETS For All Of The Games CLICK HERE. Every time I work out, I have routine I do. He played college basketball for the Murray State Racers, where he was a consensus first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2019. What weakness do you see preventing Louisville from making it to Final Four? 12:58 pm ET. MURRAY, KY (WSIL) -- Murray Men's Basketball Coach Matt McMahon held his weekly virtual press conference on Monday. She told me she would, but only if you subscribed, rated five stars and left nice comments in the Apple Podcasts section for the Eye on College Basketball Podcast. Eastern Illinois as a team has scored 72.9 points per game and has shot the ball at a 43.0% clip from the field. Get EXCLUSIVE Free Picks, Special NEWSLETTER ONLY Offers, To wit: Murray State's made the NCAAs more frequently in the previous 23 years than Kansas State, Iowa, Arizona State and Wake Forest. He was selected by the Grizzlies with the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft and named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2020. Think Grant Williams at the mid-major level. He quickly became a rising NBA prospect in the first two months of this season because of his sturdy 6-6 frame, 6-10 wingspan and hot shooting touch. He’s not … I'm not dumb to that fact.". College career. Quick links. Murray’s latest star. Matt Figger's Governors are right there with Murray State: the Racers rank 144 in KenPom, the Govs 145. It also has arguably the two best players in the OVC: junior Terry Taylor and freshman Jordyn Adams. "The time period for me, coming back, is not set in stone because they're just waiting to make sure the stress fracture heals to 100%," Nesmith said. These games to be played on Friday and Sunday. What are the chances Rutgers is making it to the Big Dance? 1 overall seed? At 19-3, Louisville might even still be undervalued a smidge. Get the latest news and information for the Murray State Racers. Nesmith said he's been a sponge in the past week-plus trying to absorb even more about Bryant. "Then they've they've got the incredibly talented freshman.". Credits are usually issued within hours of a game’s conclusion, so please allow a few hours for final verification. Not until he showed up on Murray State highlight films early this season and was posterizing dudes with made-for-YouTube slam dunks. Just so happens that Murray State again has one of the best players in the league in sophomore point Tevin Brown, who is ninth nationally in 3-point percentage (45.7%). He's a very good athlete (if Morant's a 9.5 out of 10 on the athletic scale, Adams is probably an 8) and, per Figger, has the best first-step in the conference. Think again. There's Cinderella potential here. "He's a hell of a defender," Figger said. Viewers are specifically warned that they should inquire into the legality of participating in any games and/or activities offered by such other sites. Cameron Payne (born August 8, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nesmith told me there is one particular aspect of his game that is totally derivative of Bryant's. Main Navigation Menu. Peay ranks 346th in height, so the 6-5 Taylor is multifaceted in how he dominated for the Govs. — Anthony Smith had 17 points and 11 rebounds as Murray State extended its home win streak to 15 games, topping Austin Peay 75-61 on Saturday night. Ronnie is a Sports Media and Journalism major. "At the college level I learned you have to get an advantage any little way you can. Racers are on a 4 game slide and … I go from the inside out, shooting-wise, and one part of my routine is back-to-the-basket. Figger told me that if you prep for Murray State for three days, the 24-hour turn for Peay is a jolt to the system. "Terry Taylor is going to statistically put up one of the best careers in college basketball history by the time he's done," McMahon said. Born: September 19, 1996 in Seattle, Washington us. Martin, a 6'5" shooting guard from Murray State University , was selected in the second round, 31st overall in the 1989 NBA Draft , by the Los Angeles Clippers . In total, there are 190 Quad 1 opportunities in league play alone. I can't proclaim him the next Ja Morant, but he's got a chance to be the next NBA pick out of the OVC in a year or two. Murray State is coming off a 61-56 loss to Morehead State in its last game at home on January 2nd. It's not happening. He has been a sports journalist for over 4 years. "He averages close to a double-double and is coming off a career-high nine assists. The Racers are top-10 in foul-shots-to-field-goal-attempts, there with the likes of 20-2 Auburn, 17-4 West Virginia and 17-5 Kentucky. McMahon told CBS Sports. The best shooter in college basketball hasn't played in almost a month. McMahon's an outrageously good 42-4 the past two and a half seasons in conference play and owns an overall 71-16 mark in that span. 24 UCLA at the buzzer, Protocols keep Cunningham out in OSU's loss to Baylor, Purdue sharpshooter set to miss time due to COVID-19, Indiana's late surge leads to upset of No. It's the only time in the past 23 seasons that teammates have scored at least 37 points in regulation against a Division I opponent. 12 retired at Murray State over the weekend -- continues to rack up Ws for being awesome at Twitter, Murray State keeps rolling in the post-Ja era. UNLV at Colorado State: 1/7/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction, Washington at Stanford: 1/7/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction. Murray State's Morant ascends to possible NBA lottery pick AP Ja Morant is finding ways to stay grounded following his ascension to the bright lights of college basketball's national stage. The Racers are off to a better start in the Ohio Valley Conference than the previous two seasons when they had Morant and former OVC MVP Jonathan Stark. Pronunciation: \di-JHOHN-tay\ Dejounte Dashaun Murray Twitter: DejounteMurray (Baby Boy) Position: Point Guard Shoots: Right 6-4, 180lb (193cm, 81kg) Team: San Antonio Spurs. In 2019, the OVC put two teams (Murray State, Belmont) into the NCAAs for the first time since 1987. Morant’s run at Murray State lasted 65 games before he declared for the NBA Draft on April 3, 2019; In the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, Morant helped the … Aaron Nesmith was shining for a struggling Vandy team. So, hello, Austin Peay. Murray State is coming off a 61-56 loss to Morehead State in its last game at home on January 2nd. EPL Soccer. His first session of physical rehab on the foot was Monday. Any remaining balance will be settled through our payment system, with any leftover credits available future purchases. NBA Draft: Ja Morant's top NCAA tournament highlights Murray State Athletics announced it will retire the No. In a bizarre scheduling twist, Murray State has to play five of its next six on the road, which is a ludicrous scheduling model for any team in any league, particularly in the dog days of February. Big hands, skilled, high IQ.". Morant didn’t even notice—he was trying to keep his teammates’ heads up after a devastating two hours of basketball. Let's stick with the six traditional bluebloods: Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA. THESE ARE NOT PARLAYS UNLESS OTHERWISE CLEARLY STATED. My post game is completely modeled after Kobe.". Will he opt to return this season? Louisville ranks 300th in turnover percentage. That's amazing. There's little doubt in my mind that Sparty on aggregate -- to borrow a soccer term -- would be two games better overall (19-5 vs. 16-7) if Langford had been healthy and able to play the entire season. 8 seed, Rutgers!" Too low, coach? Murray State is undefeated on Saturdays in league play since Figger got to Austin Peay, bringing a hellacious style with him that makes the prep for both teams a huge task for all other teams in the league. just 34 cents per day, the biggest basketball database: - over 530,000 players/coaches profiles - over 52,000 teams. Guaranteed packages automatically give you a credit if the package does not turn a profit—the sum of betting all individual picks. The way we play wears teams down because you can't simulate it in practice.". Murray State's leading scorer so far this season has been G Tevin Brown, who has scored 13.3 points per game for the Racers. Peay is 16-7 and cruising a season after it was 22-11, seven of those 11 losses by a combined 21 points. Stats at Basketball-Reference.com Jeffery Allen Martin (born January 14, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player. McMahon refers to Adams, a former Baylor commit who broke his foot as a prospect and is now a top-20 newcomer in college hoops. We play extremely fast and physical on both sides -- all those [KenPom] defensive numbers are kind of skewed because we're making teams play so uncomfortable. Nesmith, who wears No. It's been just as often as Michigan and Georgetown. MLB Baseball. Murray State may have lost at Alabama in its fourth game of the season, but the biggest takeaway nationally from the game were the 38 points, 10 … Nice chance! Murray State has also allowed 68.6 points per game to its opponents as well. The owner of this website assumes no responsibility for the actions by and makes no representation or endorsement of any of these games and/or activities offered by the advertiser. NCAA Football. Lady Vols fight valiantly, come up short vs. UConn No. Those losses were to Morehead State, Austin Peay, and Belmont. "KenPom's computer doesn't have to play my team every day," Figger told me. It could become the best mid-major race into deep February. He scores in a variety of ways, with his back to the basket, off the dribble, makes 3s, is a problem at 6-5, 230 pounds and long arms. Taylor's averaging 22.1 points (top-10 nationally), 9.7 rebounds and shooting 64% from 2-point range. We're in a good position. Every time the QB drops back, we have eight or nine in the box and blitzing. ATP Men's Tennis. 4 Iowa, WATCH: Arizona tops ASU with buzzer-beater, One in four coaches don't want conference tourneys, Home-court advantage at historic low this season. Temetrius Jamel "Ja" Morant (born August 10, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). While Morant -- who just had his No. Several players from local colleges heard their names called during the 2019 NBA draft in New York.Three Kentucky Wildcats, an Indiana Hoosier and Murray Racer headline the … How much does MSU miss Josh Langford this year? and the Latest Sports Betting News, We hate spam as much as you do, we will never sell or trade your information, Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports. "He's guarded Anthony Edwards, Aaron Nesmith, Isaiah Joe and Mason Jones. Here's a wow: Against Tennessee State on Jan. 23, Taylor and Adams each scored 37 points in a win. It will be UK’s first game under interim coach Kyra Elzy. Since Figger got the Austin Peay, he's won 84% of his conference games (37-9) that don't involve Murray State. Skip To Main Content. "I want to get back to playing as soon as possible. We're playing right now with six freshmen and one redshirt freshman.". Activities offered by advertising links to other sites may be deemed an illegal activity in certain jurisdictions. That's more obvious now than it was in November, even when MSU started 5-3. So your corner gets beat every once in a while, but we're either sacking the QB or they're getting a touchdown. Get the latest Murray State Basketball news, photos, rankings, lists and more on Bleacher Report ... 2021 NBA draft prospects in college basketball that could turn heads. That is going to be a great moment if/when it happens. Murray State basketball scores, news, schedule, players, stats, photos, rumors, depth charts on RealGM.com The Cards' issues in the tourney could be this: playing a faster-tempo team that thrives off the break. "Look at the combined records between us against the rest of the league. While Nesmith used to be a fan of Bryant's game, now he's a fan of his mind, and that's going to help as he tries to rehab his foot and condition as efficiently as possible. The official athletics website for the Murray State University Racers. (More on the Governors in a minute.) "That's an impossible task.". They can't pass the ball. 6-keys: media/spln/collegebasketball/reg/free/stories, at 2019 2015 2013. All my post moves and my fadeaways, that's straight out of the Kobe book. The Cardinals are in first in the ACC and have taken a step up thanks to the emergence of David Johnson factoring in more frequently. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. Stretch-four KJ Williams has been key too. I give Matt McMahon a lot of credit for our success as well. When and who was the last Blue Blood Basketball program under .500 this point in the season like North Carolina is now? "Basically, outside of Terry Taylor, no one had played significant minutes for me on this team. Eastern Illinois lost its conference opener to Eastern Kentucky on the road on December 30th. Murray State Basketball was the college of NBA point guards Isaiah Canaan and Cameron Payne but coach Matt McMahon told Bleacher Report in a feature last week that Morant will go a long way. Sign up now! I'm more excited than I probably have a right to be when I envision Greg Gumbel saying something like, "And in the Midwest Regional, first and second round games in Omaha, Nebraska. Stream College Basketball all season on ESPN+. All Rights Reserved. Have a question, curiosity or complaint? If SDSU does not lose before Selection Sunday, Shoutout to the road warriors in college basketball: Hofstra, Vermont and Stephen F. Austin. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: collegebasketball | pageType: stories | Guarding the best perimeter shooter and he's putting up big numbers. If a guaranteed package does not profit, a credit for its full purchase price is automatically issued after picks are graded and verified. No Ja, no prob: Matt McMahon has Murray State pushing for an NCAA bid for a third straight season. Mostly under the radar, Murray State's Ja Morant is now seen as a serious threat to go in the top-10 on draft night among executives. Eastern Illinois is now 4-5 on the year and 1-1 in conference play. Conversely, if you spend all that prep time for Peay, it's exhausting and then you have to turn around and play the Goliath of the conference. We've got good storylines and good teams cropping up again in the OVC. 12 worn by recent Racer great Ja … The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team opens the season vs. Murray State on Wednesday. NFL. They're walking away with high-volume shots. I hope I can still play [this season].". Former Murray State University Racer basketball star Ja Morant is the 2019-2020 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. 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