AUSTIN PEAY GOVERNORS (21-9, 13-4 Ohio Valley)
Head Coach: Matt Figger (Eastern Kentucky, 1995)
Career Record: 40-24 (2nd season) • At APSU: Same • OVC: 25-10
MURRAY STATE RACERS (24-4, 15-2 Ohio Valley)
Head Coach: Matt McMahon (Appalachian State, 2000)
Career Record: 83-41 (4th season) • At MUR: Same • OVC: 49-18
Date: March 2 Time: 7 p.m. CT Site: Murray, Ky. Arena: CFSB Center Radio: Racer Radio - WFGE 103.7 FM - PXP-Neal Bradley, Analyst-Kenny Roth TV: None Online Video: ESPN+ Audio: GoRacers.com & Froggy103.com Live Stats: StatBroadcast.com Twitter:@MSURacers@RacersHoops@RacerDave23
Series: MSU leads 83-43 Home: MSU leads 47-11 Away: MSU leads 30-28 Neutral: MSU leads 6-4 Last Meeting: 2019 Away MSU won 73-71 Last APSU Win: 2017 home 84-81 OT Last 5 Meetings: MSU leads 4-1 Last 10 Meetings: MSU leads 8-2
The Murray State Racers (24-4, 15-2) host the final game of the 2018-19 regular season Saturday with a share of the Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship on the line when they host the Austin Peay Governors (21-9, 13-4) Saturday at 7 p.m. in the CFSB Center in Murray, Kentucky.
Froggy 103 (WFGS 103.7 FM) airs every MSU game with "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley calling the action in his 28th season. Former MSU assistant coach Kenny Roth provides commentary. Froggy103.com and GoRacers.com has free online streaming audio. ESPN+ has live streaming video.
Noted by ESPN The Magazine as one of the top rivalry games in college basketball, the Heritage Bank Battle of the Border pays homage to that, but also all of the various sports the two schools compete in. Points are awarded for each head-to-head regular season meeting during the school year and in some cases how they finish at OVC Championships. If no head-to-head contest occurs, points will be awarded on how they finish at the OVC Championship. The 67 points of the annual competition represent the 67 miles separating the two institutions. At this point, the Racers lead 18-9 after wins in soccer, volleyball, cross country, indoor track and field, the through the first meetings in basketball.
The Racers have won eight in a row after they zipped past Morehead State Thursday 71-52. MSU had great defensive day and held a 40-12 lead at halftime. Ja Morant's triple-double was his second this season and third in two season at Murray State. He finished the night with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Morant and Wisconsin's Ethan Happ are the only NCAA D-I players with more than one triple-double this season.
Saturday's game marks Senior Day for Murray State's Brion Sanchious and Shaq Buchanan as they will compete in their final regular season home game. They'll be recognized before the game on the court with their families.
When the games are over Saturday, the bracket for next week's OVC Tournament in Evansville will be set.