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ESPNU BracketBusters: Tigers Host University of Detroit
Friday, February 20, 2009

TSU hosts ESPNU BracketBusters against Detroit

Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University men's basketball team will host the University of Detroit Titans on Saturday, February 21st at the Gentry Center in non-conference play. This will be the first meeting ever between the two schools with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Tigers (8-17, 6-9 OVC) have won three straight, including a 77-74 win over Tennessee Tech Thursday night, and are led by sophomore guard Gerald Robinson, Jr. (17.4 ppg) and senior forward Jerrell Houston (13.4 ppg).

In the seven-year existence of the ESPNU BracketBusters, TSU has been selected to play in four games. The Tigers are 1-1 in the national event defeating Ball State, 70-69 in 2006, before losing to Loyola (Md.), 62-60, in 2007. Last season's game at Northern Illinois was canceled. In the agreement TSU signed to participate in the Bracketbusters, the Tigers will play a return game at Detroit next season.

Detroit, a member of the Horizon League, is currently 7-19 overall, 2-14 in conference play. The Titans, under the tutelage of first-year head coach Ray McCallum, have lost three consecutive games, winning three of their last eight.

Detroit is led in scoring by junior forwards Thomas Kennedy (12.6 ppg) and Xavier Keeling (12.4 ppg). Wednesday night, Detroit lost to Loyola (Ill.), 67-41,  in Horizon League play.

TSU will finish the regular season in OVC play hosting Southeast Missouri State (2/26) and Eastern Illinois (2/28) before the first round of the conference tournament.


Out of the pool of 102 BracketBusters teams, 26 schools were chosen for 13 total games that will air on the ESPN Family of Networks. No Ohio Valley Conference school was picked to play in a television match-up. Tiger fans can view the game live on OVCSports.TV or tune in to the action on the Big Blue Sports Network.

The ESPNU BracketBusters concept, named because of the success of teams from these conferences in NCAA Tournament play over the past years, provides participating programs with an opportunity to play top non-conference opponents approximately three weeks prior to Selection Sunday.

Each conference selected their participating teams prior to the season and the matchups for the event were determined by ESPN in conjunction with the conferences. The 2009 ESPNU BracketBusters will take place over two days for the fourth straight year — Friday-Saturday, February 20-21 — with a total pool of 102 teams representing 17 conferences in a 51-game event.