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Colonels go on the road to play Murray State in a battle of OVC unbeatens

RICHMOND, Ky. – Wednesday night features a match-up of unbeaten Ohio Valley Conference teams as Eastern Kentucky University puts its unblemished league mark on the line at defending conference champion Murray State University.

The game at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky., is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET. The live radio broadcast of the game is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com. A live video broadcast of the contest is available on OVCDigitalNetwork.com.

The Colonels (12-3, 2-0 OVC) opened the conference portion of their schedule with home court wins over Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois Edwardsville. EKU has out-scored its first two conference opponents by 26 points in the first half. However, the Colonels have been out-scored by nine in the second half.

Junior Glenn Cosey leads the OVC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.63). That’s the 42nd best assist-to-turnover ratio in the country. Cosey has 50 assists and only 19 turnovers this season. Through his first three games as a Colonel, newcomer Orlando Williams is averaging 10 points while shooting 44 percent from the field and 43 percent from three-point range.

Eastern Kentucky is ranked 18th in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25. That’s up five spots since last week (23). Murray State will be the first opponent the Colonels have faced this season that is ranked in the Mid-Major Top-25. The Racers are eighth. In the latest NCAA RPI Ranking, Murray State is 47th and EKU is 125th.

Murray State enters Wednesday’s game 11-3 overall and 2-0 in OVC play. The Racers snapped a two-game losing streak with wins at Tennessee-Martin and Southeast Missouri to open league play.

MSU is led by All-American senior guard Isaiah Canaan. He leads the OVC and ranks ninth in the nation with an average of 21.4 points per game. Canaan is shooting 46 percent from the field, 42 percent from three-point range and 82 percent from the free throw line.

Senior Ed Daniel is second on the team in scoring (15.4 ppg) and leads the team, and the OVC, in rebounding at 11 boards per game. The 6-foot-7 forward is shooting 58 percent from the field. Senior guard Stacy Wilson contributes 14 points and five rebounds per game.

MSU has started the same five players in every game. Those five -- Canaan, Daniel, Wilson, Dexter Fields and Brandon Garrett -- have combined for 87 percent of the team’s scoring and 73 percent of the team’s rebounding. As a team, Murray State averages 75 points and allows 66 per game. The Racers are shooting 47 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range.

On Saturday, Canaan scored 28 points in a 74-66 victory over Southeast Missouri. Daniel finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds, his eighth double-double in 14 games. Daniel grabbed 10 boards off the offensive glass. The Racers out-rebounded the Redhawks 43-29.

This will be the 159th meeting between the two programs. The Racers hold a 98-60 lead in the series and have won seven straight.

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