This Tuesday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Murray State Racers and the Tennessee Volunteers. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Murray State Looks To Stay UndefeatedThe Murray State Racers have been solid up to this point in the season. Specifically, the Racers won their only game against Southern by 20 points. In that game, Murray State's defense was fantastic as it only allowed 49 points on just 31.1% shooting from the floor. Now, Murray State will look to duplicate that excellence on the defensive end on Tuesday against Tennessee on the road. If Murray State plans on staying undefeated, its defense will need to shutdown a very underrated offense on the road which is a very difficult task. Whether or not the Racers are up to the challenge or not remains to be seen.
Leading the Racers offensively is sophomore guard Tevin Brown who has been great this season. Specifically, he is averaging a team-high 17.0 points per game along with 5.0 rebounds. In addition, he has shot 50.0% from the floor. Brown averaged 11.8 points last season so it is very encouraging to see him take another step forward in production.
Murray State's most underrated player is senior Anthony Smithwho has been okay so far this season. Specifically, he is averaging 10.0 points per game along with 7.0 rebounds. However, he is shooting just 42.9% from the floor so he will need to shoot a lot better from the floor moving forward.
Tennessee Looks For Another Home WinThe Tennessee Volunteers have been good so far in a very limited sample size. Specifically, the Volunteers won their only game against UNC Asheville by 15 points. In that game, Tennessee's defense was solid as it only allowed 63 points. However, its offense also played well as it scored 78 points on 50.8% from the floor. However, Tennessee was awful from the foul line was it only went 6-12. If Tennessee plans on winning another home game, it will need to shoot a lot better from the foul line. Luckily, the Volunteers have the athletes to get to the foul line a lot moving forward.
Leading the Volunteers offensively is senior guard Lamonte Turner who has been great this season. Specifically, he is averaging a team-high 17.0 points per game along with 6.0 assists. However, he only shot 41.2% from the floor so he will need to be more efficient moving forward. Turner is also a veteran leader and he will look to lead his team to another home victory.
Taé's house.— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) November 6, 2019
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Tennessee's most underrated player is senior Jordan Bowdenwho has been okay so far this season. Specifically, he is averaging 10.0 points per game along with 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. In addition, he is shooting 50.0% from the floor so he has been very smart with his shot selection. If Tennessee plans on winning this game, Bowden will need to log some serious minutes due to his experience.