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[Audio] The Best Racer Basketball is Coming in February, Bradley Predicts

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Tab Brockman, goracers.com
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"Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley predicted the struggles for this years' Racers team would come early before they start picking up the wins. They started off 5-2 and had a bit of a rough stretch, but record-wise they're about where he thought they'd be without having had a solid road game. On Sounds Good, Bradley updates his prediction, saying the best Racer basketball is coming in February, when some of the freshmen players will start to break out. He recaps the recent games a looks ahead with Tracy Ross. 

December 18 vs Southern Illinois, 73 - 88 loss

The loss isn't as bad as it sounds. It was up in the air until the last two minutes. SIU had a coupe three point shots and the Racers gambled, giving SIU the win. The last minute was probably the most disappointing of the season, Bradley says. SIU has a good team this year with some strong newcomers. The Racers didn't defend well enough and shot poorly.

December 22 vs Wright State, 49 - 65 loss

The Racers caught Wright State at a bad time, as they were headed towards the second win in a four win streak. Wright State tends to be 'live and die' by the three. The Racers did a good job and defended pretty well against these, but couldn't throw well enough. The free-throw shooting is where the Racers really suffered, he says. After this game, they were happy to get back to Murray as soon as possible.

December 30 vs Brescia, 101 - 75 win

While shooting wasn't strong in the first half, the Racers ended up doing well enough at the three point line and in the field. They hit 15 straight shots and the Racers started sharing the ball in this game. They worked on making extra passes and several lay-ups. Bradley says he was impressed with the way the Racers played. This was their "best team" he had seen this season.

January 2 vs Morehead State, 62 - 57 win

Defense was the name of the game. It was a surprising start as Brion Sanchious broke out with several good plays. Also, Bryce Jones and Wayne Langston played well and Jeffery Moss started coming back from his slump.

January 7 vs Tennessee Tech

(This interview was recorded before this game. The Racers took a loss, 65 - 71)

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LOOKING AHEAD

January 9 vs Jacksonville State

This team struggled early in the season and ended up replacing some players. Up to three weeks ago, Bradley says he thought they'd be an easy win for the Racers, but they've since picked up their game. They rely heavily on defense but don't shoot very well. If the Racers can make the shots and defend like they've been defending recently, they'll be in good shape.

January 14 vs Belmont

Belmont has been up and down this season. They started out well and had a couple of tough games. Then they got blown out by Middle Tennessee. They've been having good luck with three point shots recently. Their standout players are Craig Bradshaw, Evan Bradds and Taylor Barnette. They have a good starting lineup but tend to not defend well at times. This is where the Racers can try to pull out a win.

January 16 vs Tennessee State

They had an awful team last year, Bradley says, losing 23 games. They returned everyone except for one senior and have had quite a turnaround this year. Wayne Martin will be in the challenge for OVC Player of the Year. At 10-4 (at the time of this recording) they already surpassed last year's win total. As long as the Racers defend well, they have a chance to win.

More Racer Basketball at goracers.com

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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