NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eight days after falling on the road at Drexel, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team will return home for only the third time this season for a non-conference matchup against the Fisk Bulldogs on Sunday.
In the 75-61 loss in Philadelphia, M.J. Rhett dominated in the post scoring 17 points, paired with 12 rebounds for his third straight double-double, and fifth of the year. Rhett went 4-of-9 on the day from the floor and a season-best 9-10 from the foul line.
The junior is now 11th in Division I in double-doubles and fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference averaging nine rebounds and 1.5 blocks per contest.
Rhett’s work on the defensive end of the floor has allowed the Tigers (0-10) to hold opponents to a 45 percent field goal percentage and a league-best .297 mark from behind the three-point line.
TSU will need to continue to play solid defensively on Sunday against Fisk (6-8), as the Bulldogs enter the contest averaging 86.5 points per game.
Fisk is led by Cameron Lewis and Darrell Miller who are averaging 20.8 and 20.6 points per contest, respectively. Miller also hauls in 10.8 boards while Lewis secures 7.4.
While Fisk’s dynamic duo are doing its part, the team as a whole only averages 42.4 boards per game while allowing opponents 63.4. The minus-21 rebounding margin is the worst in the NAIA.
One thing that the Bulldogs do excel in is turnover margin, as they are second in the nation in steals, recording 13.9 p/g.
Sunday marks the 17th meeting between the in-city rivals and Tennessee State holds a 13-3 mark all-time. TSU has won six straight in the rivalry including last year’s 92-56 win in the Gentry Center. Fisk’s last victory in the series came in 2003.
The Tigers will host the Bulldogs immediately following the women’s game against Martin Methodist on Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.