Murray State coach Matt McMahon: 'I don't think that we fly under the radar'


Murray State, which captured the Ohio Valley Conference title last weekend, will be entering this season's edition of March Madness as the most perfect team in the nation. Perfect, because they haven't lost a single game in 2022. The Racers are 20-0 since late December, and their .938 winning percentage ranks first in Division I hoops.

According to CBS Sports bracketologist Jerry Palm, Murray State is currently projected as the eighth-seed in the West Region, and ESPN's bracketologist Joe Lunardi has them pegged as the ninth-seed in the Midwest. The Racers have made 17 NCAA Tournament appearances in their history, and only twice have they received a single-digit seed.

"I don't think that we fly under the radar. One of the best players in the world [in Ja Morant] played here. We have the eighth-most lottery picks in the NBA draft since 2015," Murray State head coach Matt McMahon told The DA Show on Friday. "I think there's always been great tradition here, and obviously a lot of winning and championships. But the global brand that is Morant is nothing but helpful to our program. He's made an incredible impact here...

"I'm really not all that concerned with [seeding] -- we don't have any control over it. I think we should be around the No. 6, No. 7 line... We've shown that we can play. But at the end of the day, it's more about the matchups... I love our team -- really looking forward to seeing who we get on Sunday. We'll be ready to go next week... Selection Sunday in Murray is a national holiday."

Murray State, which is 30-2 overall, ranks 22nd in the nation in average points scored (79.3), 21st in average points allowed (62.3), and 22nd in NET, which factors in game results, strength of schedule, quality of wins and losses, and other components. The Racers' top-two leading scorers are junior forward KJ Williams and junior guard Tevin Brown, and McMahon is listed as a semifinalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year award.

The entire college hoops conversation between McMahon and The DA Show can be accessed in the audio player above.

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