CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The stakes for the upcoming Austin Peay-Murray State game have just been raised. ESPN The Magazine featured the OVC's best rivalry in the most recent issue.
While Murray State leads the all-time series 71-38, the Govs have fared much better since the 1999-2000 season. During that span, the Racers hold a one-game (8-9) advantage. However, as noted in ESPN The Magazine, the fans from Clarksville and Murray, Ky., have developed a love-hate relationship that has made for an even more intense stage for each contest.
The Govs have now won back-to-back games in the series for the first time since winning four straight over the span of the 2002-03, 2003-04 seasons. Drake Reed provided the game-winning shot in this season's first meeting, a runner in the middle of the lane, and the Racers desperation heave came up short.
The second meeting of this season's Govs-Racer rivalry takes place Feb. 7, at the Dunn Center. Earlier that day Austin Peay will induct three former APSU athletes - baseball player A.J. Ellis, Lady Govs basketball star Brooke Armistead and Lady Govs track star Sheena Gooding - into the Austin Peay Athletics Hall of Fame. While the three inductees have all been a part of this great rivalry in different ways, Ellis has a more unique perspective. The former All-OVC catcher was one of the original Redmen who were featured in ESPN The Magazine's inset.