The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® series continues by recognizing an important rivalry in Tennessee State history.
Tonight, the men's basketball team will square off against a familiar foe in the Fisk Bulldogs. The meeting will be the 16th in school history between the two schools who are just a couple blocks apart, but the first time that the two teams met was in football way back in 1922.
TSU started playing football in 1912, but the Fisk game of '22 was one of the first recorded games in Tiger history. Tennessee State won the game 7-6, but struggled against the Bulldogs from there.
The Tigers scheduled Fisk for homecoming for five-straight seasons from 1926-1930. While the fan support was great during TSU's first five homecomings in school history, Fisk rained on the parade as TSU only held a 0-3-2 line in the games.
Fisk and TSU would never meet again in football, and the Bulldogs' program ended in 1983 after the school decided to drop the program.
That rivalry may have died, but the men's basketball versus Fisk game is still going strong.
Tennessee State holds a 12-3 record against the Bulldogs in basketball and has won five straight games including last year's 81-57 decisive victory.
TSU may have dominated the series, but that doesn't mean that Fisk can't pull the upset. The Bulldogs did just that in 2003 with a thrilling 65-63 win.
The basketball game is typically played around Fisk's homecoming and even though it is played inside the Gentry Center, a large number of Bulldog faithful come out to support their team.
The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® highlights some of the greatest moments in honor of Tennessee State's centennial celebration. A new moment will be released each weekday for a total of 100. These moments were chosen by the TSU 100 Moments committee, which consists of alums from various departments. TSU has so many great moments, not all can be represented in these 100.