Murray State Racers Men’s Basketball Tickets
The Murray State Racers men’s basketball team is a Division I program for Murray State University. The team is located in Murray, Kentucky and play their home games at the CFSB Center. The CFSB Center has a capacity of 8,602 people and was built in 1998. The team plays its games in the Ohio Valley Conference, known as the OVC. The team is currently coached by Steve Prohm, who recently finished his first season with the team, compiling a 31-2 record and making it to the Round of 32 where they lost to the Golden Eagles of Marquette.
As mid-major programs go, few have garnered as much success as the Racers. Beginning with their first season in 1925-1926, the team has reached much success. In 1964, the team made their first NCAA Tournament, reaching the Round of 32 under coach Cal Luther. In Luther’s time as coach, the team made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Steve Newton in his six years as coach, led the Racers to three NCAA Tournament appearances. Success within the tournament has eluded many coaches prior to Newton, as the team has been plagued with early exits from the tournament in every appearance; however, their consistency in making the tournament is more than a feat within itself. Overall, the team has made fifteen NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing past their opening game three of those times; however, a Sweet Sixteen berth has eluded them to date.
The team has featured six NBA draftees: Stew Johnson in 1966, Dick Cunningham in 1968, Claude Virden in 1970, Jeff Martin in 1989, Popeye Jones in 1992, and most recently, Marcus Brown in 1996. The team plays a variety of rivalry games; however their main rival is in-state foe Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers and the Racers have faced off 147 times in their history; however, their games have become far less frequent since Western Kentucky moved out of the Ohio Valley Conference. The Racers also share a rivalry with Austin Peay State University, who they face off with in-conference.