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Saint Mary's could be without Delly at Murray St.

Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:00 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 12:07 pm
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Saint Mary's guard Matthew Dellavedova (ankle) will be a game-time decision against Murray State. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Goodman

You know that huge matchup we were all excited about between Saint Mary's and Murray State. It's turned out to potentially be a yawner like most of the other BracketBusters. 

Murray State is no longer undefeated, but this was still supposed be a measuring stick for a Racers team that remains somewhat of a mystery. But now the Gaels limp into the CFSB Center in Murray without starting guard Stephen Holt and potentially without star guard Matthew Dellavedova. 

Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett told CBSSports.com that Dellavedova, the team's top player, will be a game-time decision with an ankle injury, and as of now it looks "doubtful." Holt, one of the team's most complete players, is out for the next couple weeks after suffering a partially torn MCL. 

Saint Mary's comes to Murray on a two-game losing streak following a 11-0 start in WCC play. There was the setback at Gonzaga, which wasn't much of a surprise, but then came a home loss to Loyola Marymount. The Racers are 25-1 with the lone loss coming earlier this month at home against Tennessee State. 

When this matchup was announced, it was the heavyweight bout for the BracketBusters. The WCC's elite team and one on the verge of cracking the Top 10 against the nation's last remaining team without a loss. 

The Gaels are struggling, No. 16 Murray State is no longer unbeaten and we may not even have the stellar point guard matchup between Racers guard Isaiah Canaan and Delly. 

However, it's still an important game for both teams -- maybe more so for host Murray. The Racers will need to win this one, especially if Dellavedova doesn't play. Despite its lofty ranking, Canaan & Co. can ill-afford a slip-up here with road contests against Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech to close out the regular-season. 

A couple more losses, in addition to coming up short in the Ohio Valley tournament, could mean sweating it out on Selection Sunday. 

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Comments

Since: Feb 18, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:49 pm
 

Saint Mary's could be without Delly at Murray St.

I have been to see Murray State play.  They are the real deal when they don't depend only on Canaan.  They were not playing good a couple of game before they got beat.  I am sure that being in the spotlight is stressfull.  Since they have been beat, they are playing much better team ball.  I thought there first lost would be against SEMO on the away game, but that didn't happen.  All of the OVC schools are playing to beat Murray, not to win their conference tournament.  I am not happy that Saint Marys is without their key player.  I wanted both teams to be 100%.  The only problem that I see with Murray is their inside game.  They are not very tall.  That will hurt them in the NCAA tournament.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:08 pm
 

Saint Mary's could be without Delly at Murray St.

I don't know if Murray State is the real deal but if their coach's bonehead, inept handling of the clock and his team at the end of the Tennessee State game is any indication, their coaching is not tournament worthy.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:59 pm
 

Saint Mary's could be without Delly at Murray St.

Murray St is the real deal...
Funniest thing I've read all year. Where's your proof of this?

 



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:55 pm
 

Saint Mary's could be without Delly at Murray St.

I'm really looking forward to this game, too bad St. Mary's won't be at full strength - Murray St is the real deal...



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:35 pm
 

Saint Mary's could be without Delly at Murray St.

I guess is Murray State happens to win this game, I won't be giving them that much credit. 

 



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:34 pm
 

Saint Mary's could be without Delly at Murray St.

Dellavadova is a pure shooter and one heck of a player. His toughness and resiliency accounts for much of the success that the Gaels have had. They will surely miss him and I hope he gets back in time for a run at the postseason for them. What a tough break for St. Mary's.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:17 pm
 

Saint Mary's could be without Delly at Murray St.

Talk about disappointing.


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