|November 19, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||MT|
|FG Percentage||.511 (24-47)||.429 (24-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (3-9)||.364 (8-22)|
|FT Percentage||.767 (23-30)||.368 (7-19)|
UPSHAW - 6
McCALL - 3
McCALL - 1
MEKOWULU - 1
MARTIN - 1
UPSHAW - 2
TENNESSEE STATE (3-0)
at MIDDLE TENNESSEE (2-0)
Saturday, Nov. 19 | 6:30 p.m.
Murphy Center | Murfreesboro, Tenn.
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men's basketball team travels to Murfreesboro, Tenn. to take on Middle Tennessee on Saturday night at the Murphy Center.
TSU UPDATE: Tennessee State is 3-0 for the first time since the 1994-95 season after wins over UC Davis, Northern Arizona and Santa Clara at the Cable Car Classic. Redshirt senior guard Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) earned OVC Player of the Week for his performance at the Cable Car Classic where he averaged 15.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.
HEAD COACH DANA FORD ON TRYING TO BRING BACK THE TSU/MTSU RIVALRY
“We need to win one first. They’ve kind of owned us in terms of wins and losses. Last year’s game was a closer game, but we still ended up losing. Years ago when MTSU was in the Ohio Valley, this was a pretty intense rivalry. Obviously in the 80s and 90s we had some really good teams and they had good teams. I guess it’s time for us to do our part to bring it back… I think it’s a game we’ll try to play every year.”
ABOUT THE BLUE RAIDERS: The Blue Raiders are off to a 2-0 start with wins over Milligan and Murray State. Selected second in the Conference USA Preseason Poll, MTSU won the Conference USA Tournament last season and upset second-seeded Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament. Among the returners from last year’s team are Preseason All-Conference USA selections Reggie Upshaw and Giddy Potts. Upshaw is leading the Blue Raiders with 10.5 rebounds per game and Potts has dished out a team-best 4.0 assists per game through two games. Arkansas transfer JaCorey Williams has made an immediate impact, putting up a team-high 21.5 points per game on 56.3 percent shooting.
SERIES INFORMATION: TSU is 16-38 in the all-time series versus MTSU. The Blue Raiders have won 10 in a row in the series with TSU's last victory coming on Nov. 20, 2000. TSU's last win in Murfreesboro came on Jan. 19, 1994. In last year's meeting, TSU fell by a 69-66 final score.
EARLY SEASON VICTORIES: The Tigers are 3-0 for the fourth time since joining Division I prior to the 1977-78 season and the first time since the 1994-95 season. It is the first time in school history the Tigers are 3-0 when the team’s first three opponents compete at the Division I level.
UP NEXT: TSU heads to Buffalo, N.Y. to take on Canisius on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. The game will air live on ESPN3.