The Murray State Racers travel to Chaifetz Arena on Monday for the 2022-23 season opener against the Saint Louis Billikens to open the 98e men’s basketball season in MSU program history. The game marks the ninth meeting between the two and the first since MSU paid a visit to SLU in 2019.
Murray State Racers 0-0
Head Coach Steve Prohm
Foster mother: Alabama (1997)
at MUR: 5th season (104-29)
Missouri Valley: 0-0
House: 55-7 A way: 48-40 Neutral: 17-11
NCAA Tournament: 4-4
Saint Louis Billikens 0-0
Head Coach Travis Ford
Foster mother: Kentucky (1994)
at SLU: 7th season (112-77)
Career: 26th season (448-343)
NCAA Tournament: 1-7
Most unique offseason leads MSU to 2022-23 season
The Murray State Racers have had a memorable 12 months. In January, the Missouri Valley Conference invited them to the league, and MSU accepted and officially became a Valley member on July 1. The 2021-22 season saw the Racers win 31 games, including their fifth win in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Matt McMahon left for LSU and coach Steve Prohm returned to MSU where he hired McMahon and created Hall of Fame history as Billy Kennedy’s assistant from 2006-11 and as head coach of 2011 at 15. Prohm started the day he was introduced as head coach on March 28. He rebuilt MSU’s roster which includes 12 newcomers to a 14-man squad.
2022-23 Murray State Team Ratings
Building the list: 7 transfers: 4 DI, 2 D-II, 1 JUCO, 5 freshmen, 2 returnees.
Five freshmen – Patrick Chew (Brophy College Prep), Jaxon Edwards (Cathedral), Justin Morgan (Memphis Home Sch. Assoc.), Sam Murray (Harrison), Braxton Stacker (Cardinal Ritter).
Four DI transfers – Marlon Lestin (E. Carolina), Rob Perry (Stetson), Kenny White, Jr. (Tennessee Tech), Jacobi Wood (Belmont).
Two D-II transfers – Quincy Anderson (Minnesota State) and Jamari Smith (Queens-NC).
Runners playing at Myrtle Beach Invitational
Murray State is set to appear for three games in the Myrtle Beach Invitational in Conway, SC (November 17-20). The Racers face Texas A&M in Game 1, then play either Colorado or UMass. Boise State, Charlotte, Loyola or Tulsa.
The Racers are entering their 98th season of college basketball and it will be historic. After being a founding member of the Ohio Valley Conference in 1948 and spending 74 years in the league, they make their debut as members of the Missouri Valley Conference (December 1) at home vs. State of Illinois.
The Racers play their first MVC road game in Valparaiso (December 4).
Missouri Valley Notes
For the first time, the MVC will have 12 teams after first inviting three new member schools for the same season as Belmont and UIC join the MVC with the Racers. In 2022-23, MVC teams will play a 20-game league schedule for the first time, with two conference games taking place the week after Thanksgiving. Teams will play nine opponents twice, and the other two teams in the league once each (one home, one away). MSU’s opponents they only meet once are at UNI (January 10) and UIC at home (January 14).