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[Audio] Racers 'Peaking' with Three Games Until OVC, Bradley Says

Dave Winder, Murray State Athletics,

Since the last time Tracy Ross spoke with "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley, the Murray State Racers men's basketball team has played four games and won three. Bradley says they are peaking right now with only three games left in the regular season. Vying for a realistic number two seed, he says, in the OVC that comes with a double buy. If the Racers end up tied with UT Martin and lose the tie breaker, then they'll drop to 5th seed.

Here's a recap and a look ahead: 

Feb. 4 - Southeast Missouri (78-72 win) 

Feb. 13 - Southeast Missouri (83-56 win)

Two wins for the Racers, in the first game Jeffery Moss showed signs of playing much better than he had been in recent games. Bradley says he dialed it up to another level and played well defensively. The Racers had a double digit lead in the first half, shooting at 57%. Southeast Missouri came back in the second half. Fast forward to the Feb. 13 game, it was another great game for Moss, who had 20 points and hit several three-pointers. Also, Justin Seymour and Gee McGhee played well. Bradley says it was finally a Racers game where they got to play the end of the bench for a little while.

Feb. 6 - Austin Peay (73-76 loss)

This was an agonizing loss, Tracy Ross says. It was one of those games where for 37 out of 40 minutes, the Racers had control. But through turnovers, they opened the door for Austin Peay to get closer. In the last 41 seconds of the game, they turned it around. Bradley recalls Head Coach Matt McMahon remarking that in all his years as an assistant, player and coach it was one of the most disappointing losses ever. They learned a lesson, Bradley says, and bounced back nicely.

Feb. 11 - SIU Edwardsville (70-64 win)

The Racers had a good start in this game with a 13 point lead at halftime. Bryce Jones came out of his shooting slump and responded with a double-digit effort. Also, Gee McGhee played well, Bradley says.



Feb. 20 - Austin Peay

Bradley says he hopes to see a good 'revenge' game (after losing Feb. 6). Austin Peay is playing to get in the tournament. The Racers will have to shoot well. He says Chris Horton and Josh Robinson are players to keep an eye on.

Feb. 25 - Eastern Illinois

A televised game that begins at 8:30. The Racers take on a team that earlier on had looked to have been the number one seed contender. However, now they'll need victories to get a buy. If the Racers beat Austin Peay on Saturday then they'll come to this game with a lot of momentum.

Feb. 27 - UT Martin

This is Senior Night and a home game. It could all come down to this match, Bradley says. Both teams come back from tough road games and UT Martin is playing for the championship. When the Racers went to Martin and lost was when Wayne Langston was out for most of the game, which spring-boarded Martin, he says.

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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