NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Finishing up the Barclay’s Tournament, the Tennessee State University men’s basketball team will play two games this weekend, starting with host Saint Peters University on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers (2-3) will take on the Peacocks (1-4) at the Yanitelli Center. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.
TSU will look to rebound after a pair of losses, the most recent one to Virginia. The Cavaliers won 79-36. The Tigers total is the lowest in the modern era for a TSU men’s basketball team. Virginia held Big Blue to 29 percent shooting for the game.
The Peacocks come into Friday’s matchup off of their first win of the season. They beat Rutgers, in Piscataway, 68-50. Marvin Dominique, the team’s leading scorer and only player who averages more than 30 minutes a game, paced Saint Peters with 22 points.
Saint Peters has lost its only home game so far this year.
After a sub-.500 season last year, SPU returns four starters and 13 lettermen. Three years removed from their last MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, a roster led by six seniors looks to flip the script that was written last season.
The Peacocks are only scoring 57 points per game but they have held opponents to just 59 points per, playing in a lot of close games. The Tigers outshoot them, overall, 42 percent to 38 percent, but the Peacocks have a six percent advantage from behind the arc. Physically, both teams are evenly matched as Saint Peters has no players over 6’ 8”.
The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Jersey City. The Tigers will then take on either Norfolk State or Saint Francis on Saturday, depending on the outcomes of Friday’s games.