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    Default Track the OVC basketball season

    Through January 2, 2012....

    Men's Basketball
    Team OVC Overall
    Eastern Kentucky 3-0 9-6
    Murray State 2-0 14-0
    Southeast Missouri State 2-0 7-7
    SIUE 2-0 4-7
    Tennessee Tech 1-1 9-6
    Tennessee State 1-1 8-7
    Morehead State 1-1 7-8
    Eastern Illinois 0-1 6-6
    Austin Peay 0-2 3-12
    Jacksonville State 0-3 5-11
    UT Martin 0-3 3-13

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    What kind of seed can Murray get if they dominate?

    I was thinking it would be just like the NCAA to make them an 8/9 to UK's 1 & put them in the Yum for a potential second round matchup.

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    Murray hosts EKU tomorrow night. Murray was dealt a big blow when Senior Forward Ivan Aska broke his finger last week at EIU. He will be out a minimum of 6 games. Aska is the team leader and averages 12.6 pts. and 6 rebs. a game.

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    Wasn't aware of that. That'll hurt them.

    Just checked Lunardi. He has Murray at 7 in the same region w/ UK. But UL is the 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Parker View Post
    What kind of seed can Murray get if they dominate?

    I was thinking it would be just like the NCAA to make them an 8/9 to UK's 1 & put them in the Yum for a potential second round matchup.
    You can expect anywhere from a 6-14 seed I believe.

    I still believe they will drop 2-3 games in conference which would put them around the 10-11 mark if they are able to win the tournament. Hoping they get drawn to play in Nashville.

    In '98 Murray went 29-3 with some quality wins like they have this season and were an 8 seed.

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    I know it will not last, but it is crazy having the #18 ranked team in Murray right now.

    The OVC's biggest rivalry (APSU/MSU) takes place Saturday in Clarksville. I look for Murray to drop that one.

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    Lunardi has them in Nashville w/ UL.

    They're a scary team. As a UK fan, they're somebody I don't desire to play in the 2nd round.

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    Morehead's season may have taken a major hit over the weekend as senior Terrance Hill went down with an apparent knee injury.

    It didn't look good, but no official word on anything yet. I'm praying that it is just a sprain or something that isn't very serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Parker View Post
    Lunardi has them in Nashville w/ UL.

    They're a scary team. As a UK fan, they're somebody I don't desire to play in the 2nd round.
    Luckily, if Lunardi predicts that, there's absolutely no chance that it'll actually happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    Luckily, if Lunardi predicts that, there's absolutely no chance that it'll actually happen.


    The committee does like doing things like this, though. UL has now played Morehead twice in the tournament in recent years. UK opened with EKU in Indy back in 2005 & then took on Cincinnati in the next round. Get some local teams playing in a fairly local venue & you sell more tickets.

    I see it happening in some way, shape or form. Either UK w/ a potential 2nd round matchup vs. Murray in Yum, or perhaps UL facing them in Nashville.

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    Further proof that Lunardi is crazy:

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    Further proof that Lunardi is crazy:

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology
    The whole concept of predicting brackets before conference play even starts is ridiculous anyway. At least the dudes smart enough to land a job because of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolamite View Post
    The whole concept of predicting brackets before conference play even starts is ridiculous anyway. At least the dudes smart enough to land a job because of it.
    I guess there's a fine line between smart and lucky.

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    It is not luck. It is common sense. There are two sides to the whole Lunardi predictions I have never understood.

    - Those who loathe the guy and think he is an idiot. The guy is hired to arbitrarily put together brackets. Obviously he has no idea how things will shake out, but a lot of non-sports fans love the NCAA tournament and it is an attempt to get that base energized.

    - Those who think he is brilliant when selection Sunday finally comes. When it comes down to it, we are talking about a handful of teams that are on the border of making or not making the NCAA tournament. It does not take a brain surgeon. Nearly half the field is take up by automatic bids, so that part of the guessing game is out. 75% of the remaining spots are filled by teams that are locks. So we are talking a small number. So when you hear that "He got 65 out of 68" correct!" What they are really saying is that he got 4 out 7 correct.

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    Murray State has played EKU terribly since Neubauer was hired. Solid record, but the games have always been close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    Murray State has played EKU terribly since Neubauer was hired. Solid record, but the games have always been close.
    Murray State is a 17-point favorite tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    It does not take a brain surgeon. Nearly half the field is take up by automatic bids, so that part of the guessing game is out. 75% of the remaining spots are filled by teams that are locks. So we are talking a small number. So when you hear that "He got 65 out of 68" correct!" What they are really saying is that he got 4 out 7 correct.
    I'd like to think that if I made an annual salary as a "bracketologist", that I could get more than 4 out of 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    Murray State is a 17-point favorite tonight.
    Take EKU. This Aska injury has me shaken up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    Take EKU. This Aska injury has me shaken up.
    It just depends on whether or not EKU can hit outside shots tonight. They have played well on the road against some pretty good teams, so we'll see.

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    Why do SIUE's games count in the standings if they aren't eligible to compete in postseason play yet?