Murray State, a No. 13 seed, won the Ohio Valley Tournament Championship on March 6 by defeating Morehead State, 62-51. Murray, which also won the OVC regular season title with a 17-1 record, has wins over non-conference opponents James Madison (71-43) and Florida International (84-71). The Racers also played tough at Cal before losing, 75-70.
RPI ranking: Vanderbilt 25; Murray State 62.
Quick Scout: Murray features a balanced scoring team with four players averaging 10 points a game. Sophomore Ivan Aska, a 6-7 forward, averages 10.6 points per game and five rebounds. Guards Isaac Miles and B.J. Jenkins have combined to make 105 treys this season. Backup guard Isaiah Canaan has made 48-of-105 3-point attempts.
The Future: The winner of the Vanderbilt-Murray State game will face either No. 5 seed Butler or No. 12 seed UTEP on Saturday in San Jose. Saturday's winner will likely face No. 1 seed Syracuse the following week in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Vanderbilt in the NCAA: Vanderbilt has an all-time record of 9-11 in the NCAA. In their most recent NCAA appearance the Commodores last fell to Siena, 83-62, in 2008. Vanderbilt advanced to the Elite 8 in 1965 and the Sweet 16 in 1988, 1993 and 2007.