Tigers Set to Host a Pair of OVC Opponents
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Tigers Set to Host a Pair of OVC Opponents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After narrowly dropping its conference opener at Eastern Illinois on Dec. 28, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team will try to get into the OVC win-column when the squad hosts Tennessee Tech on Thursday and Jacksonville State on Saturday.

Against the Panthers, Patrick Miller tied his career-high set earlier this season with 30 points on 9-of-19 shooting including a 10-for-11 mark from the free throw line.

The senior guard from Chicago, Ill. is first in the Ohio Valley Conference averaging 21.6 points per contest. He also leads the league in minutes played per game with 37.1.

Jacquan Nobles, another senior TSU guard, had 14 points in only his second start of the season. Nobles also hit four three-pointers at EIU, and now has 16 makes on the year, trailing only Miller’s 19.

Nobles is only averaging 10.6 minutes per contest but has emerged as the team’s primary deep threat, converting on 39 percent of his attempts, leading the team which holds a .251 mark.

Miller, Nobles and the rest of the Tigers (1-13, 0-1 OVC) will start the week by hosting Tennessee Tech on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.

The Golden Eagles will enter Thursday’s matchup sporting a 7-8 record, but fresh off of a 75-66 defeat at Utah Valley.

Dwan Caldwell had 17 points in TTU’s latest game, but Ty Allen (11.1 ppg) and Dennis Ogbe (10.6 ppg) have been the team’s primary scorers on the year.

Tennessee Tech is first in the OVC in rebounding defense and second in rebounding offense, but last in assist-to-turnover ratio.

The Tigers will conclude the week with a game against Jacksonville State on Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The Gamecocks will tangle with Belmont before squaring off against TSU, but are currently first place in the conference, having defeated UT Martin 70-65 on Monday.

Darrion Rackley had 22 points for JSU against the Skyhawks and he has led the team all season long, averaging 13.8 points per game.

The Gamecocks have turned the ball over the second fewest times on a per game basis (11.1), but are 10th in scoring offense (67.8 ppg).

TSU was a perfect 4-0 last season against TTU and JSU and is 26-28 against Tennessee Tech all-time and 12-8 versus Jacksonville State.

The Tigers will meet the Golden Eagles at 7 p.m. on Thursday night and then tip-off against the Gamecocks at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Both contests will be on the OVC Digital Network.