NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University men's and women's basketball teams will open their respective seasons in a flurry this week. The Tigers open their season Friday night at Western Kentucky while the Lady Tigers will open on Saturday night with a home game against East Tennessee State.
Coach Cy Alexander begins his second-year at the helm of the Tigers while former TSU Lady Tiger standout Tracee Jones was named interim coach of her alma mater over the summer.
The Tigers will play at Western on Friday night, then two days later play at Vanderbilt University on Sunday at 4 p.m. as the two schools meet in the Las Vegan Holiday Tournament. TSU will also play at Southern Illinois before making the trip to Las Vegas for two more games over Thanksgiving weekend.
The Lady Tigers will start the season with a four-game homestand. Following the opener with ETSU on Saturday, the Lady Tigers will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff next Monday night, Cumberland (Nov. 27), and Fisk (Nov. 30) before hitting the road.
The Tigers have been predicted to finish second in this year's Ohio Valley Conference race. TSU played a pair of exhibition games, defeating Brescia University 84-56 and VASDA USA 107-67.
Jones returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach two years ago and is set to lead the Lady Tigers. The TSU women will play seven non-conference tilts at home this season and also make appearances in the Kansas State and UAB Tournaments prior to beginning the OVC schedule in January.
Season tickets to TSU's 2004-05 basketball season remain on sale. For information, telephone 963-5841.