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Murray State focused despite St. Mary's looming

Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:17 pm

By Jeff Goodman

Murray State's players ran back to its locker room last night following practice, anxiously awaiting to hear its opponent on Feb. 18 in the BracketBusters event. 

Saint Mary's got the nod as the team that many feel will be the Racers obstacle to an undefeated regular-season, but Murray State star point guard Isaiah Canaan and his teammates aren't overlooking the next five Ohio Valley contests leading up to Feb. 18. 

"We made it clear right after we found out who we were playing that we need to take care of business," Canaan said on SiriusXM's Inside College Basketball on Tuesday. "We all realize it. We don't want anyone rushing the floor on us." 

Murray State puts its 21-0 mark on the line Thursday at home against second-place Southeast Missouri State. Then comes a road contest against Tennessee-Martin, followed by home dates with Tennessee State and Austin Peay and a road game at SEMO. 

Everyone is talking about the possibility of running the table -- and Canaan would be lying if he said the thought of going undefeated doesn't cross his mind at times.

"It has its pros and cons," Canaan said. "It's important and I'm sure a lot of our fans are enjoying it, but we've got to stay focused. It's motivation for us every game." 

The game against Saint Mary's, though, will give the Racers an opportunity to prove itself to the naysayers who don't feel that Murray State is worthy of a spot on the top four lines come March when the seedings are announced. 


Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 2:38 am

Murray State focused despite St. Mary's looming

Both teams will be top 5 seeds barring collapse. 

Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:48 am

Murray State focused despite St. Mary's looming

What a great matchup!  I haven't seen Murray St. but have been following their progress.  I have seen how good Saint Mary's can look in dominating BYU and Gonzaga, and from what I have seen, if Murray State wins this game, it would make them an excellent team, probably a legitimate top 10.  If Saint Mary's wins, then they can be more at ease on selection Sunday if they don't win the WCC tourney. 

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