Racers take highest seed into opener

Racers take highest seed into opener

Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 7:00 pm

The Murray State Racers enter the 2012 NCAA Tournament as the No. 6 seed in the West Region when they meet Colorado State the No. 11 seed at The KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.
The Racers and Rams have never met before.
The No. 6 seed for MSU this season marks their highest seed. The winner will advance to a Saturday game against the winner of No. 3 Marquette and No. 14 BYU, which rallied to beat Iona in a First Four game Tuesday night.
The Racers are making their 15th appearance in the Big Dance and have a 2-14 record since their first time in the event in 1964.
MSU’s first win came in 1988 over North Carolina State. In 2010, MSU knocked off Vanderbilt in San Jose, Calif., and just missed an upset of Butler.
The 2011-12 season is one that will go down in Murray State history as its greatest.
An OVC record winning streak of 23 straight also doubled as a record start to the season and along the way, MSU enjoyed their first top-10 national rankings.
MSU also became the first team in 87 years of the program to go undefeated on the road, where they were 13-0 and were the only team in the country to do it.
The Racers are the Ohio Valley Conference regular season champion for the third straight time and 23rd time overall. They won the OVC Tournament for the 15th time and are making their third straight postseason appearance after going to the NIT last season.
MSU’s Isaiah Canaan has already earned national notoriety with an outstanding season as the junior from Biloxi, Miss., is being considered for all of the major awards, including being a top-5 finalist for the Bob Cousy Award.
Canaan was named Sporting News First Team All-America and USBWA named him to their All-America second team.
Racer head coach Steve Prohm has put his name into the record books as well for the one of the best starts for a rookie head coach.
In MSU lore, Prohm is the eighth straight MSU coach to win an OVC regular season championship. He is also the fifth MSU rookie coach to win the OVC Tournament.
Prohm can also become the third MSU coach to win a game in the NCAA Tournament like Steve Newton (1988) and Billy Kennedy (2010) have done before him.
Colorado State is one of four Mountain West Conference teams in the NCAA Tournament, joining New Mexico, San Diego State and UNLV.

Published in The Messenger 3.14.12

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