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Students asked to wear purple, display Tech pride at Saturday double-header

By Ariel Perry
On February 23, 2012

  • Students are encouraged to wear purple to Saturday’s game against Murray State University. The first game starts at 5. 30 p.m. at The Hoop.

Crowds are expected as Murray State University comes to Tech Saturday for a double-header.

Murray State's men's team is ranked No. 14 nationally.

It's Senior Night as both teams come off wins, set to compete in the last home game of the season. Tech's women's team has already clinched the third place seed in the Ohio Valley Conference standings. With all of the hype, Tech students are getting excited about both of the games.

"I don't really follow sports, but, of course, I'm always happy when our teams win something," Andrea Davis, freshman animal science major, said.

Students have been encouraged to create a sea of purple by wearing purple T-shirts for the games.

"Football seems to be more popular around campus," Febrienne Box, senior music education major, said. "I think winning this game would raise the popularity of the basketball team."

If students can't make the games, but are on campus, WCTE will carry the games and can be seen in the residence halls.

With such a big crowds expected, there is more pressure and excitement for the players.

"It's exciting to know we will have more fans at this game," said Senior Forward Brittany Darling.

A season of hard work for both teams comes down to one major double-header and the biggest games of the year. Students will need to show up early to get the best seats, as the seating in the Hoop is first come, first serve.

Tech and Murray State University have been in the OVC for more than 20 years and have always had a rivalry.

The long standing rivalry game is the last hurdle for Tech basketball until the OVC conference tournament in Nashville.

The women's game starts at 5:30 p.m., the men's game will follow.

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