Game #9-106: Colorado vs. Murray State RacersNovember 18, 2012 8:30 pm
After pulling off Red Line Upsets over Auburn and St. John's, the Murray State Racers would earn their way to the Charleston Classic final and play on ESPN2. In a tournament owned by ESPN, this would be the first and only game of the tournament that would be televised on basic cable. All other games were either televised on the digital tier (ESPNU) or on the internet with ESPN3. While we at TMM have always followed what goes on at schools like Murray State, more fans would get a look and take notice of one of the top mid-major programs. More people would watch Murray State play now with their recent wins, including those who do not read TMM. Casual college basketball fans were now more likely to look in on the Racers. And some of those fans were not just watching on television, but also at TD Arena for the conclusion of the tournament.
They did not clear the arena between sessions, which surprised me since there was well over an hour between the end of the Auburn-Dayton game
and the start of the next. I did switch sides of the arena between the area behind the scorer's table to behind press row where I sat most of the tournament. The next game was between Baylor and St. John's, and for anybody who cares Baylor's offense got hot late to pull away for a 97-78 win. But the main event of the tournament's last day would be the final game between Murray State and Colorado. Before the game, I heard two fans from the Charleston area talk about the tournament. And I heard this conversation: