NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team will host its cross-town rival Belmont University on Sunday at the Gentry Center with tip-off set for 5:30 p.m.
The Tigers (3-17, 0-5 Ohio Valley) have had a seven-day break from OVC play but will jump back into the fray when the Bruins (12-7, 4-2 OVC) make the trip up I-440. This will be the 22nd all-time meeting between the two schools with Belmont holding a 13-8 advantage.
Last season, Belmont was victorious in both games against TSU. In the second meeting, on Feb. 13, the Tigers fell to the Bruins 73-71. Jay Harris scored a then-career-high 19 points in the loss while his counterpart, Reece Chamberlain, also scored 19 points for Belmont while dropping six dimes.
The game will be televised through the American Sports Network. Big Blue fans in the Nashville area can see it on MyTV channel 30.
TSU is coming off a 91-72 loss at Murray State last Saturday. The Racers held control of the game from the first bucket to the final buzzer. The game did see TSU have two players score 20 or more points for the first time this year. Darreon Reddick (25 points, team-season high) and Harris (22 points) both propelled the Tiger offense for the game.
Reddick has flipped the script, on the offensive side of the ball, since OVC play began. During non-conference play, he averaged 6.6 points per game. Through the first five conference games, however, Reddick is averaging 12.8 points per contest, tied for tops in that category with Harris. He is also the second Tiger to push his minutes per game average to 27 or more (Harris averages 27.8 minutes per game).
Belmont defeated UT Martin on Thursday 72-67. The Skyhawks led 32-23 at halftime but the Bruins got behind post-man Evan Bradds’ 22 point, 10 rebound double-double and came back for the win.
Both of Belmont’s conference losses have come on the road, to Eastern Illinois and Murray State. They have three players averaging over 10 points per game, through their first six OVC matchups. Craig Bradshaw is the ringleader with 19.5 points per game. Bradds follows closely behind with 18.3 while Taylor Barnette puts up 11.3 points per contest.
Opponents are outscoring the Bruins 78-77 thus far into the conference portion of the year.
Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Gentry Center.