Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Tigers open on the road at Western Kentucky and Kansas The Tennessee State University 2006-07 men's basketball team has been picked to finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason predicted order of finish, by the league's coaches and sports information directors. But head coach Cy Alexander and his charges face a daunting early season schedule with what some may consider a short-handed squad. Leading scorer Bruce Price (19.3 ppg) who missed the majority of last season with an ACL injury, has re-injured the same knee and may be lost for another season. "Bruce's injury was very unfortunate," says Alexander. "He had worked very hard to rehabilitate the injury, was released by the doctors and then he suffered the re-injury playing a pick-up game in September." Alexander went on, "We are not going to let his injury be a crutch to our team, conversely we will use his hard work and dedication as an inspiration. We plan on dedicating this season to Bruce." The Tigers open their regular season on November 19th, playing at Western Kentucky as part of the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational Tournament. TSU will then travel to play at Kansas on November 21st for the second game of that tournament. From Lawrence Kansas, Tennessee State will travel to Las Vegas for games on November 24th and 25th. The opponent on the 24th will be Prairie View A&M and the opponent on the 25th will be either Chattanooga or Towson. In December, Tennessee State will travel to play the University of Alabama on 12/02 and then to Middle Tennessee State on 12/04. The Tigers will then open their OVC home schedule with games against Southeast Missouri (12/07) and Eastern Illinois (12/09). TSU closes out the month of December playing at Auburn (12/19), hosting Ball State (12/22) and traveling to Loudonville, NY to play at Siena(12/28). The months of January and February are filled with Ohio Valley Conference games except for hosting an ESPN Bracketbuster game (2/17), with the opponent to be announced. TSU will honor the fifty year anniversary of the 1956 NAIA championship team at that game. The Tigers will close out the regular season schedule hosting Morehead State (2/22) and Eastern Kentucky (2/24).