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MARTIN, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team hosts Ohio Valley Conference foe Murray State on Senior Night in the 2016-17 "White Out" regular season finale at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. Tipoff time from the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center is set for approximately 6 p.m. (following the conclusion of the Skyhawk women’s game) on Saturday, Feb. 25.
The Skyhawks will recognize the career accomplishments of seniors Kedar Edwards, Malik London, Javier Martinez, Jacolby Mobley and Chandler Rowe in a brief pregame ceremony. Those five seniors have combined for 2,547 points, 1,471 rebounds, 435 assists, 241 steals and 138 blocks in their 14 seasons.
UT Martin (19-11, 9-6 OVC) has officially clinched a spot in next week’s OVC Tournament but could still be seeded anywhere from No. 2 to No. 8 in the eight-team field. The Skyhawks can clinch the program’s second consecutive West division championship (and No. 2 tournament seed) with a win and a Southeast Missouri loss to Austin Peay.
The Skyhawks have won six straight home games and are 32-7 in the Elam Center over the past three seasons. A big key to UT Martin’s recent success has been its work on the glass, as the Skyhawks lead the OVC in rebounding margin (+5.5), offensive rebounding (13.1 per game), offensive rebounding percentage (.386) and rebounding defense (31.1 per game) in league play.
Murray State (14-15, 8-7 OVC) boasts the league’s top scoring offense (80.6 points per game) but is coming off its two lowest OVC scoring outputs in an 82-69 loss at Southeast Missouri and an 82-65 home loss to Eastern Illinois.
Jonathan Stark has made a case for OVC Player of the Year accolades, as the Tulane transfer leads the league in scoring (21.1 points per game) and ranks second in assists (5.4 per game). Terrell Miller, who scored a career-high 30 points against UT Martin earlier this season, also ranks seventh in the league in both scoring (16.6 points per game) and rebounding (8.2 per game).
Fans can watch the game live, free of charge, on the OVC Digital Network at the link above. Fans can tune in for the radio call on The Quake 105.7 FM or on WUTM 90.3 FM at the links found at atop the webpage. Live stats for the contest can be found at the link above.