Murray State players are on a mission: Prove hiring coach Steve Prohm was the right move.
No. 22 Murray State is one of six undefeated Division I men's basketball teams - joining Syracuse, Louisville, Baylor, Missouri and Indiana. The Racers, out of the Ohio Valley Conference, are off to their best start in 75 years at 13-0.
When Billy Kennedy left for Texas A&M, senior forward Ivan Aska knew exactly who the next coach should be. He passionately shared his support for 37-year-old Prohm - an assistant on Kennedy's staff - with athletic director Allen Ward.
Aska apparently was onto something. The Racers beat then-No. 21 Memphis on Dec. 11 and broke into the Top 25 regular-season poll for the first time in 40 years.
Rankings. With Syracuse No. 1 for a third straight week, the top seven teams remain the same in the Associated Press' Top 25.