Friday, February 10, 2012

What Happens to Murray State?

The glass slipper fell off last night.

Murray State was the only undefeated team in Division I until Tennessee State mastered the Racers on their home floor. The feel good story is over.

Murray State is a mid-major that plays in the Ohio Valley Conference. The league, historically, only gets one NCAA Tournament invitation. So if the Racers don’t win the conference tournament will they break tradition and receive a bid?

The Racers want to make it difficult on the committee. They need to remain unbeaten the rest of the way until the league tournament. Murray State figures to have one major roadblock to that goal. It still must face nationally ranked St. Mary’s.

Say the Racers do win out and then lose in the conference tournament. Barring a first or second-round loss, people will mount a major campaign to allow Murray State in the 68-team field.

And I think with only two losses, the Racers deserve a bid. I don’t care who they played or where they played. They are a great college basketball storyline this season and it would be entertaining to see if the glass slipper could fit again along the tournament route.

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