|November 21, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MT||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.415 (22-53)||.400 (18-45)|
|3P FG Percentage||.435 (10-23)||.400 (8-20)|
|FT Percentage||.556 (15-27)||.710 (22-31)|
DESHIELDS - 2
TENNESSEE STATE (2-1) vs. MIDDLE TENNESSEE (0-1)
Saturday, Nov. 21 | 7 p.m.
Gentry Center | Nashville, Tenn.
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team looks for its first 3-1 start since the 1994-95 season with a showdown versus former Ohio Valley Conference foe Middle Tennessee on Saturday at the Gentry Center. Through three games, three TSU players are averaging double figures led by Wayne Martin’s 18.7 points per game. Martin is also tied for sixth in the nation with 14.0 rebounds per game.
LAST TIME OUT: In TSU’s home debut, the Tigers led wire-to-wire in a convincing 72-50 victory over cross-town opponent Fisk on Nov. 18. Redshirt junior forward Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) posted his third-consecutive double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore guard Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) also tallied 14 points in his first start of the season.
The Tigers dominated the glass with a 47-34 rebounding edge over the Bulldogs and forced Fisk into 20 turnovers on the night.
ABOUT MIDDLE TENNESSEE: Coming off a run to the Conference USA Championship Game and an appearance in the CIT, the Blue Raiders are 0-1 on the young season with an opening loss at Murray State, 76-65, on Nov. 17. Led by 14th year Head Coach Kermit Davis, Middle Tennessee returns four starters from last year’s team including Reggie Upshaw, who posted a team-best 16 points in the opener.
ALL-TIME SERIES: TSU’s record in the all-time series versus Middle Tennessee stands at 16-37 entering Saturday’s showdown. The Blue Raiders have won nine in a row in the series winning by an average of 13.2 points per game during the run. MTSU has won 14 of the last 15 in the series with TSU’s last win versus the Blue Raiders coming on Nov. 20, 2000. In the last four meetings, MTSU has outscored TSU, 293-204 (average margin of victory for MTSU is 22.3 points per game in that stretch).
LAST SEASON VS. MIDDLE TENNESSEE: The Blue Raiders jumped out an 18-0 lead and never looked back as TSU was handed a 67-45 defeat in last season’s matchup in Murfreesboro on Dec. 21. Marcus Roper (Walton Beach, Fla.) led the Tigers with 10 points, and Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) tallied nine points and eight boards off the bench in the loss. For Middle Tennessee, Jacquez Rozier paced the offense with 18 points.
HEAD COACH DANA FORD ON FACING MIDDLE TENNESSEE: “They’re a well-coached, veteran team. They’re just a really, really good program that has won a lot of games over the last couple of years. Quite honestly, they have dominated the series against us, so we’ve got our work cut out for us.”
A WIN WOULD: A win over Middle Tennessee State would give TSU a 3-1 record for the first time since the 1994-95 season, which was the last time the Tigers won the Ohio Valley regular season title. A victory on Saturday would also give TSU back-to-back wins for the second time under Head Coach Dana Ford.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE TIMES THREE: In the first three games of his Tennessee State career, Wayne Martin has put up three double doubles. Last season, Christian Mekowulu (Lagos, Nigeria) and Zachary Lee led TSU with two double-doubles apiece.
AT HOME: TSU has gone 6-8 at the Gentry Center under Head Coach Dana Ford. The Tigers are 1-0 at home in 2015-16 after going 5-8 a year ago.
UP NEXT: TSU remains in Nashville for another home test versus Reinhardt on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. The Tigers defeated Reinhardt by a 97-66 final score a year ago in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.