NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team will travel to Charlottesville and face No. 9 Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday night.
The Tigers (2-2) will take on the top-10 ranked Cavaliers (4-0) for the second part of the Barclay’s Tournament. It will be the first time in school history that they’ve faced Virginia. The ACC champs look to have another big year in 2014-15.
TSU has seen the emergence of its freshman point guard Charles Tucker over the last few games. Tucker scored nine points and dished out four assists in the loss to Vandy. He has averaged 10 points a game for the past three.
Last Time out for the Tigers
TSU fell to Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium 46-78. No Tiger scored in double-digits as they were held to a .320 field goal percentage. The Commodores 7-footer, Luke Kornet, dropped 24 points on the Tigers on 10-of-11 shooting.
The Tigers were encouraged by the return of Christian Crockett. The transfer had a knee injury that he recovered from. He scored five points and nabbed four boards on the night. His presence on offense will add much needed depth to the Tigers lineup.
Last Time out for the Cavaliers
Virginia beat George Washington 59-42 in Charlottesville. Justin Anderson scored 18 while Malcolm Brogdon put up 15 in the victory.
The Cavaliers trailed 22-26 at halftime but held the Colonials to just three buckets for the first 17 minutes of the second half. Virginia racked up nine blocks on George Washington.
Virginia returns its leading scorer from the conference championship team in Brogdon and has a lot of overall experience. Head Coach Tony Bennett has had success at Virginia, taking the team to the NCAA Tournament each season he’s been there. The Tigers will need to be spot on with their jumpers to spread the floor.
Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.