NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tigers put their 16-3 series advantage on the line over HBCU rival Alabama A&M, when they welcome the Aggies to the Gentry Center Tuesday.
Over the Thanksgiving week holiday the Tigers (0-8) put forth their two of their best shooting performances of the year. On Tuesday the Tigers narrowly lost at Auburn after shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 45.0 percent from distance.
TSU followed that outing with another solid shooting effort at 40.0 percent from the floor.
Jacquan Nobles emerged during the week, after seeing the floor for limited minutes in the team’s first six games and without tallying a point coming into Tuesday’s game at Auburn. The senior caught fire that night in Auburn as the Greenville, N.C. native reached the 20 point plateau for the first time since Feb. 2 2010. Nobles finished the game with 22 points on 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point land.
The senior followed up that performance with another stellar game from deep on Saturday finishing 3-for-8 from distance with nine points. Over the week Nobles averaged 15.5 points per game, and three 3-pointers.
Senior Patrick Miller continues to have a phenomenal career in a Tigers uniform. The Chicago Ill. native has posted double-figure points in 21 straight games dating back to Jan. 24. In eight games this season, Miller has led Big Blue in scoring seven times. Miller is averaging 21.3 points per contest, with five performances of 20 points or more.
In the low post the Tigers turn to junior M.J. Rhett who is averaging 10.0 points and 8.0 boards per game. On the year Rhett has finished with a team high in rebounds on seven occasions. Last time out the Columbia, S.C. native posted his second double-double of the year with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
On Tuesday, the Tigers will play host to their first HBCU team of the season, Alabama A&M. The Aggies enter the contest with a 1-4 record, including two losses to OVC schools (EKU and Jacksonville State).
The two schools met a year ago in Huntsville, Ala. with the Tigers came out on top in that contest 83-72. That day, then senior forward Robert Covington posted a dominant performance with 27 points, six rebounds and four steals. Miller recorded 15 points and four assists in the victory.
Alabama A&M had four starters reach double-digits in scoring, with Jeremy Crutcher and Brandon Ellis each tallying a team high 16 points.
Now seniors, both Crutcher and Ellis return for the Bulldogs and are a part of a trio of double figure scorers for coach Willie Hayes.
Crutcher is the leader of the Alabama A&M offense, leading the team in both points (12.0) and assists (3.8) per game. Ellis joins Crutcher in the backcourt with an average of 10.0 points and 2.2 per contest.
The Bulldogs frontcourt is highlighted by senior big man Demarquelle Tabb. A swingman for Alabama A&M team is averaging a team high in both points (12.0) and rebounds (7.6).
Coming into Tuesday’s matchup Tennessee State holds the series advantage 16-3. Tip time for the game is slated for 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.