Fifth-year Murray State men's basketball coach Matt McMahon wasn't kidding on Wednesday, when he mentioned the complete 2019-20 Racer schedule could be coming out soon.
Less than 24 hours later, officials revealed the full tab of games, which includes a renewed series with both Southern Illinois (MVC) and Middle Tennessee State University (Conference USA), a home opener against the SWAC-squad Southern Jaguars (Nov. 9)... and a bit of a homecoming for former MSU assistant Amir Abdur-Rahim, who's bringing his Kennesaw State Owls to the CFSB Center on Dec. 16.
"We are thrilled that our 2019-20 schedule features 16 home games at the CFSB Center," McMahon said in a release. "We feel this challenging nonconference schedule will prepare us well for OVC play."
Other revealed contests include an exhibition game against Martin Methodist (Nov. 4), and the typical
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return-from-Christmas warm-up comes against Cumberland on Dec. 28 before MSU opens OVC play at home against UT Martin on Jan. 2, 2020.
• Murray State's first opponent of the season, the Southern Jaguars, is helmed by a familiar face. Former University of Kentucky standout and Morehead State head coach Sean Woods was hired by program officials to be the team's new head coach on April 12, 2018, and went 7-24 (6-12 SWAC) with the Jags during the 2018-19 season.
• MSU's exhibition opponent, Martin Methodist, is based in Pulaski, Tennessee. After six years in the Southern States Conference, school officials -- alongside Bethel and Freed-Hardeman -- announced a move to the Mid-South Conference, beginning the 2020-21 athletic term.
• Following one year at Garden City CC, Abdur-Rahim transferred to Southeastern Louisiana to play for then-head coach Billy Kennedy. After three years of All-Southland Conference type play, Abdur-Rahim joined Kennedy at Murray State -- first as a graduate assistant, and then as a full-time assistant.
In 2011, he moved on to Georgia Tech and was a director of player personnel for the Yellow Jackets before spending two years as an assistant at the College of Charleston, four more years with Kennedy as an assistant and Texas A&M ... and finally, this past season as an assistant under Tom Crean with the Georgia Bulldogs.
On April 18, Abdur-Rahim was named head coach of Kennesaw State and successor to Al Skinner, who resigned after more than 30 years of coaching at Rhode Island, Boston College and the Owls.
2019-20 Murray State Men's Basketball Schedule
Nov. 4 Martin Methodist (Exhibition) Home CFSB Center
Nov. 9 Southern Home CFSB Center
Nov. 12 Tennessee Away Knoxville, Tenn.
Nov. 16 Brescia Home CFSB Center
Nov. 19 Southern Illinois Home CFSB Center
Nov. 25 Gulf Coast Showcase vs La Salle Neutral Estero, Fla.
Nov. 26 Gulf Coast Showcase vs Weber State or Wright State Neutral Estero, Fla.
Nov. 27 Gulf Coast Showcase vs Northeastern, South Alabama, Drake or Miami (OH) Neutral Estero, Fla.
Dec. 3 Missouri State Away Springfield, Mo.
Dec. 7 Middle Tennessee Home CFSB Center
Dec. 16 Kennesaw State Home CFSB Center
Dec. 21 Evansville Away Evansville, Ind.
Dec. 28 Cumberland Home CFSB Center
Jan. 2 •UT Martin Home CFSB Center
Jan. 4 •Southeast Missouri Home CFSB Center
Jan. 9 •Jacksonville State Away Jacksonville, Ala.
Jan. 11 •Tennessee Tech Away Cookeville, Tenn.
Jan. 16 •UT Martin Away Martin, Tenn.
Jan. 18 •Southeast Missouri Away Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Jan. 23 •Belmont Home CFSB Center
Jan. 25 •Tennessee State Home CFSB Center
Jan. 30 •Eastern Illinois Home CFSB Center
Feb. 1 •SIUE Home CFSB Center
Feb. 6 •Belmont Away Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 8 •Tennessee State Away Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 13 •Austin Peay Away Clarksville, Tenn.
Feb. 15 •Morehead State Home CFSB Center
Feb. 20 •Eastern Illinois Away Charleston, Ill.
Feb. 22 •SIUE Away Edwardsville, Ill.
Feb. 27 •Eastern Kentucky Home CFSB Center
Feb. 29 •Austin Peay Home CFSB Center
March 4-7 OVC Tournament Neutral Evansville, Ind.
•Denotes OVC contest