NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fresh off a 73-71 victory over Murray State, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team earned the No. 24 ranking in Monday’s CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll. The Tigers had received votes in earlier polls but are ranked in the organization’s top 25 for the first time this season.
Tennessee State (14-4, 5-0 OVC) has won five games in a row and is tied with Belmont for first place in the East Division of the Ohio Valley Conference standings. Second-year Head Coach Dana Ford, who is the youngest Division I head coach at 31 years old, has his Tigers one win away from tripling last year’s win total of five.
The Mid-Major Top 25 is released each Monday throughout the season and is voted on by a panel of 31 mid-major head coaches. Some of the teams in the current top 10 are Gonzaga, Wichita State, St. Mary’s and Valparaiso.
TSU will look to move to 6-0 in the OVC with a Saturday, Jan. 23 road test at Belmont. Tip-off at the Curb Event Center is scheduled for 5 p.m.
|2.||Saint Mary's (3)||15-2||708||4||West Coast|
|3.||Little Rock||15-1||707||3||Sun Belt|
|4.||Gonzaga (7)||14-4||706||1||West Coast|
|5.||Wichita State (1)||12-5||673||5||Missouri Valley|
|9.||UT Arlington||13-3||479||8||Sun Belt|
|10.||Grand Canyon||16-2||473||13||Western Athletic|
|11.||Southern Illinois||16-3||426||11||Missouri Valley|
|14.||UC Irvine||15-5||379||14||Big West|
|17.||South Dakota State||14-5||256||15||Summit|
|19.||North Florida||15-6||161||21||Atlantic Sun|
|24.||Tennessee State||14-4||87||NR||Ohio Valley|
|25.||Stony Brook||13-4||75||NR||America East|
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: William & Mary 56, Northern Iowa 55, Albany 29, Texas A&M Corpus Christi 27, Navy 24, Stephen F Austin 24, Milwaukee 22, Montana 20, Weber State 20, Yale 18, Hofstra 17, Princeton 15, Bowling Green 11, CSU Bakersfield 9, Ohio 9, Omaha 9, Toledo 9, Siena 8, Iona 4, UNC Asheville 2, Columbia 1, North Dakota State 1, Northeastern 1.