Speeding Through Thursday Night

From Murray State to Drexel, from Valparaiso to St. Mary's, some of the top teams in the mid-major ranks are in action Thursday night. We have you covered from tip to the final buzzer.

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Drexel Drops Home Opener to Illinois State in OT

After a tightly contested game featuring lax defense and high-flying offensive performances from both teams' stars, Jackie Carmichael's Illinois State Redbirds outlasted Frantz Massenat's Drexel Dragons in overtime. What's next for Drexel?


Late Heave Falls Short for Valparaiso vs. Nebraska

Despite a late comeback, Valparaiso couldn't get past Big Ten opponent Nebraska. The Crusaders closed a double-digit Husker lead down to just two points, but a potential game-winning shot from three-quarter court fell short.

Valpo trailed by by 14 points just five minutes into the second half, and was still behind by 11 with 7:21 remaining in the game. But the Crusader defense held Nebraska scoreless for the next seven minutes before Brandon Ubel made two free throws with 14 seconds remaining.

With the lead down to two points, the Crusaders put Andre "the Giant" Almeida on the line, and he missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Matt Kenney grabbed the rebound, but his heave at the buzzer just didn't have enough umph to reach the rim 65 feet away. Final score: Nebraska 50, Valpo 48.

The game could have been a lot different had Ryan Broekhoff not spent a good deal of time in the first half sitting on the bench. His shooting game wasn't there tonight, but his presence inside along with Kevin Van Wijk was a lot for the Huskers to handle.

Broekhoff finished with just eight points on 2 of 11 shooting, but he still grabbed 10 rebounds, all on the defensive end.. Van Wijk led the Crusaders with 20 points and added six boards.


Stock Up: Canaan Dominates Auburn Defense

Isaiah Canaan may seem undersized, but that shouldn't deter NBA scouts from taking a long look at the Murray State guard. His strength, vision and a quick second step could all work at the next level.


Evansville's Ryan Leaves Game With Hip Injury

Evansville star Colt Ryan has left the Aces' game against Buffalo with a hip pointer according to Evansville's Lance Wilkerson.

Wilkerson also added a photo of Ryan standing outside the huddle with his waist heavily wrapped.

Losing Ryan for two to four weeks, as Jonathan Lintner pointed out was the recommended recovery time on, would be devastating to the Aces' chances to make some noise in the nonconference season.

He was one of the few bright spots in the Aces' loss to Notre Dame over the weekend, scoring 15 points against the Irish. He was having a tough night against Buffalo before the injury, shooting just 1-for-4 from the field, including missing all three of his 3-point attempts.

We will have more on his injury as we hear updates from the game, but safe to say that he will not be returning to the court tonight.


Canaan Paces Racers Ahead of Auburn at Half

Murray State has used team speed to race past Auburn and hold them to just 19 points in the first half in Charleston

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