Murray State: Giant or Giant Killer?

Updated: March 4, 2012, 1:21 PM ET
By Jordan Brenner

With the first three automatic bids handed out yesterday, we can officially start talking about potential Giant Killers in earnest. And we will. But what's about to happen is also of paramount importance. We addressed bid-stealers already, and one of our scenarios could play out today when Illinois State takes on Creighton for the Missouri Valley title. And the Ivy League is one heated rivalry game away from a playoff after last night's action, though the results of that potential play-in game might not matter in the way you'd think. But first, let's deal with what we know:

Murray State is in, but doesn't have a label yet.
Much has already been made of Murray State's narrow escape over bid-stealer Tennessee State yesterday, and its effect on bubble teams. But how do we evaluate the Racers?