Game 10: Murray State Racers at Arkansas State Red Wolves
December 19, 2012 l ASU Convocation Center
Jonesboro, Ark. l 7:35 p.m. (CT)
Radio: EAB Sports Radio Network (107.9 KFIN-FM, flagship) – Matt Stolz (Play-By-Play)
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Tip Off: The 2012-13 Arkansas State University men's basketball team finishes off its three-game homestand this Wednesday (Dec. 19) evening as the Red Wolves square off against the Murray State Racers in Jonesboro, Ark. A 7:35 p.m. (CT) start is scheduled for the non-conference matchup at the ASU Convocation Center and the contest will be televised on ESPN3.
Teddy Bear Toss: The ASU Athletics Department will be conducting a Teddy Bear Toss at halftime of this Wednesday's (Dec. 19) game as part of "Project Teddy Bear." Those Teddy Bears collected will go to the survivors of the recent Connecticut Elementary School tragedy. As a result of their Teddy Bear donation, fans will receive a group discount rate of $5 per individual and one Teddy Bear/stuffed animal will be accepted. Those who donate a Teddy Bear will have an opportunity to win a prize courtesy of ASU.
2012-13 A-StAte Ticket Information: Individual single-game ticket prices for the 2012-13 ASU men's basketball season are $12 for the upper center area, $10 for the upper side, $8 for the upper wings, $6 for children and senior citizens (age 55+), and $5 group rate purchase of 12 tickets or more. Tickets may be purchased through the ASU Box Office by calling 870-972-2781 or 888-ASU-FANS. Ticket information for the 2012-13 season is also available on ASU Athletics official Web site – www.AStateRedWolves.com.
The Records: Arkansas State (6-3, 0-2 Sun Belt). The Red Wolves won their second straight with a 69-57 non-conference decision over Austin Peay last Sunday (12/16) afternoon at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro. ASU, which is 6-1 in non-league encounters to date this season, is 4-0 at home, 2-3 on the road, and 0-0 at neutral sites this campaign. Murray State (8-1, 0-0 Ohio Valley). The Racers, who are among teams receiving votes in this week's (12/17) USA Today Coaches and Associated Press Top 25 polls, extended their current winning streak to five with a 75-70 non-conference home triumph over Western Kentucky last Sunday (12/16) afternoon at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky. MSU is presently 2-0 on the road, 4-0 at home, and 2-1 at neutral sites this season. Last season, the Racers registered their 25th consecutive winning season by finishing 31-2 overall with a first-place 15-1 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) mark. Murray State held the distinction of being the last NCAA Division I undefeated team (23-0) and went on to make its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance in the program's history.
The Coaches: Arkansas State – John Brady (Bellhaven, 1976), 5th season, 67-69 (.493); Career - 348-285 (.549) – (1-1 vs. MSU). Brady was named the 2009-10 SBC Coach of the Year and the District VII Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). He served six seasons (1991-97) as head coach at Samford and then spent 10-plus seasons (1997-08) in a head coaching capacity at LSU. Brady guided LSU to two SEC Championship titles along with four NCAA Tournament appearances,which included a Final Four appearance in the 2005-06 season. Murray State – Steve Prohm (Alabama, 1997), 2nd season, 39-3 (.929) – (1-0 vs. ASU). Prohm was tabbed the 2011-12 OVC Coach of the Year in his inaugural season. He spent five seasons (2006-11) as an assistant at MSU before becoming the program's 15th head coach in May 2011. Prohm served as an assistant at Centenary (1998-99), Southeastern Louisiana (1999-05), and Tulane (2005-06).
About Murray State: The Racers extended their current win streak to five following a 75-70 non-conference home victory against Western Kentucky last Sunday (12/16) at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky. Senior guard Isaiah Canaan, a 2011-12 All-America selection and the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, paced four MSU scorers in double-digit points with a team-high 21 total. Senior forward Ed Daniel had 16 points to go with eight boards while senior forward Brandon Garrett's 10 rebounds led all players. Nationally, MSU is 18th in three-point field goals per game (8.7 avg.) while the Racers rank 21st in both field-goal percentage (48.2%) and three-point field goal defense (27.1%). MSU is 25th in scoring offense (79.2 ppg.) and 40th in scoring margin (13.1) among the national leaders. Individually, Ed Daniels is fifth in both rebounds per game (11.7 rpg.) and double doubles (6.0 avg.) while Isaiah Canaan ranks seventh in points a game (21.3 ppg.), 10th in three-point field goals (3.4 avg.), and 31st in three-point field goal percentage (43.7%).
All-Time Series: Arkansas State trails 20-10 in a series which started in the 1935-36 season with Murray State claiming a 28-20 victory. The Racers have won three of the last five meetings, including a 66-53 triumph a season ago (12/17/11) in Murray, Ky., despite a 17-point performance from Ed Townsel. The Red Wolves are 5-5 in their last 10 appearances, which includes a 5-0 home ledger. The most recent ASU victory occurred in the 2008-09 campaign (11/19/08) when the Red Wolves claimed a 55-47 home decision. In the last five games, A-State has averaged 65.4 points a contest (327 total) to MSU's 71.4 points an outing (357 total).