2016-17 Men's Basketball Season in Review
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
2016-17 Men's Basketball Season in Review


  • The Tennessee State men's basketball team finished the 2016-17 season with a 17-13 overall record including an 8-8 mark in Ohio Valley Conference regular season games. 

  • Coupled with last year's 20-11 record, Tennessee State secured back-to-back winning seasons for the ninth time since moving to Division I prior to the 1977-78 season. 

  • The 37 wins over the two-year span are tied for the third most for TSU at the D-I level. The Tigers won 39 games between 1978-80, 38 games from 1992-94 and 37 games from 2011-13. 
  • The Tigers earned the eighth seed in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, falling to fifth-seeded Southeast Missouri by a 78-75 final score in overtime in the first round at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. 

  • TSU won its first six games of the season, marking the program's first 6-0 start since moving to D-I prior to the 1977-78 season. The team had never been 3-0 to begin a year when the team's first three opponents competed at the Division I level. 

  • On Nov. 19, the Tigers earned their first road win at Middle Tennessee since Jan. 19, 1994. TSU defeated the Blue Raiders, which won the Conference USA regular season and Tournament championship and finished in the NCAA Round of 32, by a 74-63 final score. 

  • Following a 4-0 start to the season, Tennessee State received one vote in the Associated Press Top 25 on Nov. 21. 

  • After two more wins for a 6-0 start, TSU received two votes in the AP Top 25 on Nov. 28. 

  • Tennessee State spent eight weeks ranked in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll on the season, reaching as high as No. 17 on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5. The Tigers also received votes in the poll in three other weeks. 

  • For the second year in a row, TSU tied for the most non-conference wins (9) in the program's Division I history since joining the Ohio Valley Conference prior to the 1987-88 season. 

  • Redshirt senior guard Tahjere McCall earned Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Last year he became the first TSU player to win the award, which was first handed out in 2008-09. McCall is the third OVC player to win the award multiple times, joining Morehead State's Kenneth Faried ('08-09, '09-10, '10-11) and Eastern Kentucky's Corey Walden ('13-14 and '14-15). McCall also earned First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference accolades for the second-consecutive season. 

  • Redshirt senior forward Wayne Martin was named Second Team All-Ohio Valley Conference. 

  • The Tigers won three OVC Weekly Awards: Tahjere McCall (Player of the Week - 11/14/16; Player of the Week - 1/9/17), Jordan Reed (Co-Newcomer of the Week - 11/21/16). 

  • Tennessee State appeared on national television six times for games against NC State (Fox Regional - 12/10/16), Duke (ESPN2 - 12/19/16), Murray State (CBS Sports Network - 12/31/16), Eastern Kentucky (American Sports Network - 1/12/17), Eastern Illinois (CBS Sports Network - 2/2/17) and Morehead State (ESPNU - 2/16/17). TSU also played two games on ESPN3 against Canisius (11/23/16) and Lipscomb (12/3/16) as well as one on SEC Network Plus against Vanderbilt (11/29/16). 

  • Tahjere McCall and Jordan Reed eclipsed 1,000 career points on the season. McCall scored his 1,000th career point on Jan. 7 versus UT Martin after scoring 330 points while playing for Niagara University for two seasons. Reed reached 1,000 on Nov. 23 versus Reinhardt after scoring 931 in three seasons while playing for Binghamton University.