Murray State is rolling with a seven-game winning streak and a 15-2 record. The Racers two losses were to SEC teams by a combined 11 points. Murray State is 6-0 and tied for first in the OVC. The Racers host Belmont Thursday, a team that is capable of pulling off the upset. Belmont is 13-4 and 4-2 in the conference. Belmont has pulled off some upsets, like winning at UCLA.
A big part of Murray State's success has been the play of Ja Morant who leads the team in almost every category. He scored a career-high 40 in his last game. Morant is averaging 24.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 10.6 assists. He is shooting 54 percent overall and 34 from the three-point line. He has 27 three-pointers. Shaq Buchanan is averaging 13.8 and Tevin Brown is at 12.4.
Belmont is 7-2 over the last nine games, and the two losses were to league co-leader Jacksonville State. Belmont has four players in double figures. Dylan Windler is averaging 18.9 points and 9.3 rebounds. Nick Muszynski is averaging 15.1. Kevin McClain is at 14.6 and Grayson Murphy is averaging 10.8. Muszynski is shooting 58 percent and Windler is shooting 51. Windler has made 40 threes and McClain has 36. The Bruins have made 171 long shots this season. Belmont is shooting 48 percent overall and 36 percent from behind the arc.
Belmont averages 86 points and giving up 76. Murray State is averaging 84 and holding opponents to 66 points.