Men's Basketball Picked Ninth in OVC Coaches/SIDs Preseason Poll
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Men's Basketball Picked Ninth in OVC Coaches/SIDs Preseason Poll

EVANSVILLE, Ind. --- With all the Ohio Valley Conference head coaches gathered in Evansville, Indiana for the annual OVC Basketball Media Day on Tuesday, it was announced that Tennessee State was selected ninth in the OVC Coaches/SIDs Preseason Poll.

The Coaches/SID poll comes four days after TSU was picked eighth in the OVC Media Preseason Poll.

In the poll voted on by head coaches and sports information directors from around the OVC, TSU received 90 points for ninth. Belmont was selected first with 237 points (17 first-place votes), while defending regular season and tournament champion Murray State picked up 223 points (seven first-place votes) for second in the poll.

The release of the preseason poll kicks off today’s OVC Media Day festivities in Evansville. Second-year Head Coach Brian “Penny” Collins will have the opportunity to speak with various media members from the league as well as tape promos and interviews for the OVC office.

The Tigers return just two letterwinners from last year’s team including seniors Michael Litteljohn and Emmanuel Egbuta. Among the talented group of newcomers, Tennessee State welcomes three Power 5 transfers in Wesley Harris (West Virginia), Ben Kone' (Oregon State) and Jon Brown (Georgia Tech), as well as Louisiana Tech transfer, Jy'lan Washington

TSU will welcome Alabama A&M to the Gentry Center for its season opener on Nov. 5 for a 7 p.m. tip time. 

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. Belmont (17 first-place votes) - 237
2. Murray State (7) - 223
3. Jacksonville State - 187
4. Austin Peay - 180
5. UT Martin - 154
6. Eastern Kentucky - 128
7. Eastern Illinois - 124
8. Morehead State - 113
9. Tennessee State - 90
10. SIUE - 63
11. Southeast Missouri - 49
12. Tennessee Tech - 36

ALL-OVC PRESEASON TEAM
Jomaru Brown, Eastern Kentucky
Tevin Brown, Murray State
Jr. Clay, Tennessee Tech
Darnell Cowart, Murray State
Quintin Dove, UT Martin
Grayson Murphy, Belmont
Nick Muszynski, Belmont
Craig Randall II, UT Martin
Terry Taylor, Austin Peay
Jordan Walker, Morehead State
Josiah Wallace, Eastern Illinois

Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Terry Taylor, Austin Peay

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