Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will open the 2010-11 season when they travel to face Mississippi State on Friday, Nov. 12.
This will be the first meeting between the teams with the non-conference match-up slated for 7 p.m. inside the Humphrey Coliseum. Against the SEC, the Tigers are winless but post a 47-16 record dating back to 1944 when opening the regular season.
The Tigers are coming off of wins in both exhibition games at home. They defeated Trevecca Nazarene, 84-77, before beating Carson-Newman, 81-65.
Covington led the Tigers in points (11.5 ppg) and rebounds (7.0 rpg) and was selected to two All-America teams. Nobles finished second on the team in scoring (11.2 ppg) and was among the best in the conference from three-point range shooting 44 percent. Wil Peters started all but four games and led the team in minutes played while averaging 9.6 points per game. Tashan Fredrick started 12 games toward the season but played in 30 contests averaging 16 minutes. Fredrick will sit out the season opener due to injury.
TSU adds 11 new players to the roster, four of which will receive redshirts for this season. Newcomers, Patrick Miller and Kenny Moore made their debuts in the exhibition games both posting double figures in each contest.
For the Bulldogs, three starters return from last year's squad that captured the SEC Western Division title before losing in the championship game of the conference tournament to Kentucky, 75-74.
MSU returns three starters including leading scorer Ravern Johnson (13.2 ppg) and top rebounder Kodi Augustus (5.4 rpg). After a strong effort in the SEC Championship game, the Bulldogs made their seventh overall appearance in the N.I.T. losing to North Carolina in the second round.
Next, the Tigers will play at home when they host Fisk University on Monday, Nov. 15, at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.