Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State men's basketball looks to rebound from its 15-point loss at BYU on Nov. 13 when the team travels to South Dakota State to take on the Jackrabbits.
Last time out, TSU benefited from strong play by Kellen Thornton and Patrick Miller. Thornton led the Tigers with a career-high 20 points and eight rebound, finishing 9-18 from the field. Miller had a career-high nine assists and added 12 points.
Their efforts were not good enough to beat the Cougars as TSU turned the ball over 17 times and only shot 33.8 percent from the floor.
The Tigers are going to need more production from a bench that scored just 13 points versus BYU and from senior forward Robert Covington.
Covington, who is just a year removed from averaging 17.8 points and 7.9 rebounds, managed to make just 2-12 shots against BYU and fouled out with more than three minutes left to go in the game.
The great news for the Tigers is that the bench and Covington should do better against SDSU. The Jacks allowed Alabama to score 34 points in the paint and 33 from the Crimson Tide's reserves.
The Jacks are coached by Scott Nagy, who is currently in his 18th season with the team. He is the all-time school leader with 316 wins SDSU returns four starters off of a 27 win team that made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
SDSU is led by senior point guard Nate Wolters. Wolters averaged 21.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists last season becoming only the fifth player ever to average 20-5-5 at the Division I level.
Wolters dropped 30 points on Alabama in SDSU's last game, but the Tide still prevailed on a last-second shot.
The Tigers' game against the Jacks can be seen at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night at this address: