When the OVC announced its ESPN basketball schedule on Oct. 5, there were three dates on the schedule designated as "wild card" dates where the game to be aired was not selected until 21 days before the contest, making sure an attractive matchup was televised, instead of having to determine the full schedule a month before the season began.
The televised contest will mark the third ESPN broadcast for the Big Blue this year. TSU played in an ESPN3 contest at then-ranked No. 1 North Carolina in November and will play Murray State in an ESPN3 broadcast this Thursday, Feb. 9.
Tennessee State (15-10, 8-4 OVC) has climbed to a tie for second in the OVC standings after winning five-straight games. The Tigers are just one win away from guaranteeing itself its first winning season since 1995-96.
Head coach John Cooper set a new career single-season win total by eclipsing his 14 wins set a year ago.
Entering this week's action Murray State (23-0, 11-0 OVC) is the only undefeated team in Division I and are ranked No. 7 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 and No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25.
The wild card game at the Gentry Center will air at 7:00 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
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