Let’s be honest, Murray State has not been playing their best basketball, and if they expect to win, they will have to step it up. But a victory is in no way impossible for the Racers, they just need to follow two simple keys to success.
First of all, the Racers must take care of the ball. Run plays, make smart passes, and take good shots (I’m looking at you, Stacey Wilson). If Murray State commits twenty-three turnovers again, they will lose. Simple as that.
Second, Murray State must dominate the boards. Jacksonville State’s weakness is their size, so I expect Ed Daniel to embarrass anyone in red who gets in his way on a rebound. Their guards are very quick and rebound loose balls well, but if Murray State can rebound strongly, that will limit opposing fast-break opportunities and possibly create some of their own.
This will be an exciting game, but ultimately I believe Murray State will come out on top. This could be one of those games where Canaan takes over and puts up monumental numbers, I’ve just got a feeling. Let’s hope I’m right.