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Thursday, December 30, 2004
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State will conclude its tough non-conference schedule with a holiday weekend trip to play Iowa State on New Year's Eve and then on to Louisville to play the nationally-ranked Cardinals less than 48 hours later on Sunday afternoon. Coach Cy Alexander has put his team through a challenging schedule to prepare for the Ohio Valley Conference slate. The Cyclones and the Cardinals are each off to impressive starts. Iowa State is 7-2 on the season and has won 18 straight non-conference games in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones knocked off San Diego State 69-59 on Tuesday night. The Tigers will be the third straight OVC opponent for the Cardinals. Louisville rolled past Morehead State 104-40 on Tuesday night and will host Eastern Kentucky prior to the Tigers' appearance in Freedom Hall. TSU is returning to action for the first time since a disappointing 82-80 loss to South Dakota State on Dec.22. The Tigers are 5-7 on the season. Transfer senior center Rod Flowers leads TSU in scoring 16.8 ppg and in rebounding 10.2 rpg. Sophomore guard Bruce Price averages 14.3 ppg. The Tigers will open OVC play next Thursday at Jacksonville State and will continue on to Samford for a Saturday afternoon contest. The Tigers are playing 12 of their first 16 games away from home.