NASHVILLE --- Coming off one of the program’s best seasons at the Division I level, Tennessee State men’s basketball Head Coach Dana Ford announced the team's 2016-17 full slate of games, which features a number of difficult challenges in non-conference play prior to the start of Ohio Valley Conference action.
"We are pleased to announce our schedule for this upcoming season," Ford said. "As always we are excited about competing against our regional opponents like MTSU, Lipscomb and Kennesaw State, as well as looking forward to playing in historic venues such as Cameron Indoor Stadium, Memorial Gymnasium and North Carolina State's Reynolds Coliseum."
The 29 game regular season schedule is highlighted by road tests against five-time National Champion Duke (12/19/16) and another Atlantic Coast Conference opponent NC State (12/10/16), as well as local NCAA Tournament teams Vanderbilt (11/29/16) and Middle Tennessee (11/19/16), among others.
TSU, which went 20-11 and earned a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in 2015-16, kicks off the season at the 50th annual Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Calif. Playing three games in three days, the Tigers will square off with UC Davis (11/11/16), Northern Arizona (11/12/16) and Santa Clara (11/13/16). Santa Clara, which is more than 2,000 miles from Nashville, is the furthest distance TSU has traveled since playing in Hawaii to begin the 2013-14 season.
Tennessee State faces MTSU and Canisius on the road before the home opener at the Gentry Center on Nov. 26 versus Reinhardt. Staying local, TSU plays at Vanderbilt on Nov. 29 and at Lipscomb on Dec. 3.
Making the first of two trips to North Carolina, TSU goes head-to-head with NC State on Dec. 10. After a home game against Alabama State on Dec. 14, the Tigers return to North Carolina to face Duke on Dec. 19 at historic Cameron Indoor Stadium.
TSU returns to the Gentry Center for a Dec. 27 game versus Covenant leading up to the Ohio Valley Conference opener at Murray State on Dec. 31. Non-conference play concludes on Jan. 2 with a home meeting with Kennesaw State.
The first OVC home game for TSU is Jan. 5 versus Southeast Missouri, followed by a Jan. 7 home game against UT Martin, which made the second round of the CIT last season.
The Tigers will then make their Kentucky swing to take on CBI runner-up Morehead State (Jan. 12) and EKU (Jan. 14). Four of the next five games are at the Gentry Center beginning with a Jan. 9 game versus Tennessee Tech, which participated in last year’s inaugural Vegas 16.
The Tigers follow up by facing Jacksonville State (Jan. 21), SIU Edwardsville (Jan. 25), defending OVC Regular season champion Belmont (Jan. 28) and Eastern Illinois (Feb. 1).
Three road games in a row will follow headlined by a Feb. 4 showdown with defending OVC Tournament Champion and NCAA Tournament participant Austin Peay. The road swing also includes games at Tennessee Tech (Feb. 9) and Jacksonville State (Feb. 11).
The last two regular season home games for TSU are Feb. 16 against Morehead State and Feb. 18 versus EKU. The final game before postseason play is a road showdown at Belmont on Feb. 25.
The 2017 OVC Tournament is set for March 1-4 at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.
BY THE NUMBERS
29 Regular Season Games
13 Non-Conference Games
16 OVC Games
12 Home Games
15 True Road Games
2 Neutral Site Games
5 Games versus NCAA Tournament Teams (Austin Peay - 2x, Duke, MTSU, Vanderbilt)
Atlantic Coast (2) – Duke, NC State
Atlantic Sun (2) – Lipscomb, Kennesaw State
Big Sky (1) – Northern Arizona
Big West (1) – UC Davis
Conference USA (1) – Middle Tennessee
MAAC (1) – Canisius
SEC (1) – Vanderbilt
SWAC (1) – Alabama State
WCC (1) – Santa Clara
Non-Division I (2) – Covenant, Reinhardt
*NCAA Tournament Teams in BOLD
OVC OPPONENTS IN THE 2015-16 POSTSEASON
Belmont – NIT First Round, Defending OVC regular season Champion
Austin Peay – NCAA First Round, Defending OVC Tournament Champion
UT Martin – CIT Second Round
Morehead State – CBI Runner up
Tennessee Tech – Vegas 16 First Round
Season Opener: Nov. 11 vs. UC Davis
Home Opener: Nov. 26 vs. Reinhardt
OVC Opener: Dec. 31 at Murray State
OVC Tournament: March 1-4 (Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.)
11/11 - vs. UC Davis %
11/12 - vs. Northern Arizona %
11/13 - at Santa Clara %
11/19 - at Middle Tennessee
11/23 - at Canisius
11/26 - Reinhardt
11/29 - at Vanderbilt
12/3 - at Lipscomb
12/10 - at NC State
12/14 - Alabama State
12/19 - at Duke
12/27 - Covenant
12/31 - at Murray State*
1/2 - Kennesaw State
1/5 - Southeast Missouri*
1/7 - UT Martin*
1/12 - at Morehead State*
1/14 - at Eastern Kentucky*
1/19 - Tennessee Tech*
1/21 - Jacksonville state*
1/25 - at SIU Edwardsville*
1/28 - Belmont*
2/1 - Eastern Illinois*
2/4 - at Austin Peay*
2/9 - at Tennessee Tech*
2/11 - at Jacksonville State*
2/16 - Morehead state*
2/18 - Eastern Kentucky*
2/25 - at Belmont*
3/1-4 - OVC Tournament ^
* OVC Regular Season Game
% Cable Car Classic – Santa Clara, Calif.
^ OVC Tournament at Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.