NCAA Tournament March Madness

#158 Murray St

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

Murray State's season tells the tale of a group that's had its ups and downs, unable to seize key moments against top competition. The narrow loss against a formidable Mississippi State side showed they can hang with the best, but it's the consistency that's lacking. A win over Bradley does shine on their resume, yet the losses to Indiana State and Drake, two of the stronger teams in their conference, reveal a team that struggled to make its mark in the upper echelon. The latter part of the season saw some stumbles that didn't help either; dropping games to teams like Evansville and Southern Illinois, contests they arguably needed to win, hampers their case. All considered, it underscores the necessity of coming out on top in their conference tournament to secure a bid, as their performance throughout the year just doesn't cut it in terms of an at-large berth.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/10Tennessee Tech323W78-72
11/20(N)UNC Wilmington117L83-81
11/22(N)Appalachian St81L67-57
12/3@Illinois St179L76-72
12/9@Austin Peay203L53-49
12/13@Mississippi St21L85-81
12/16SE Louisiana309L61-55
12/18@Ark Little Rock209L80-66
1/2IL Chicago193W85-73
1/10@Missouri St134W77-53
1/14Northern Iowa101L70-60
1/17@IL Chicago193W73-58
1/21Indiana St32L72-63
1/27S Illinois118L60-58
1/30Illinois St179L61-59
2/3@Northern Iowa101W71-43
2/14Missouri St134W82-72
2/21@S Illinois118L72-68
3/3@Indiana St32L89-77
3/7(N)Missouri St134L60-35