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Men's basketball travels to Iowa
Monday, January 11, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - Fresh off their first conference win of the season, the Tennessee State University men's basketball team will travel to Iowa City to play the University of Iowa.

The non-conference game is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena with tip-off slated for 8:05 p.m.

Fans can tune into the action on the Big Blue Sports Network or watch the live video stream on the Big Ten Network.

This will be the second Big Ten opponent the Tigers face on the season after dropping a close fought battle at Northwestern (11/22/09), 69-62.

TSU is 1-7 versus teams from the Big Ten, picking up their only win against the conference in a 60-58 upset at Illinois in 2007. Against, Iowa, TSU is 0-1, losing 84-51 in their first meeting back on Nov. 11, 2002.

The Tigers (4-13, 1-5 OVC) enter the match-up after tallying their second win at home in the Gentry Center, defeating UT Martin, 73-59, on Saturday (1/9). Three players led in scoring while helping the team to their best first-half performance this year.

Wil Peters scored 16 points and pulled in a career-high, nine rebounds. Josh Sain added 15 points and Robert Covington notched 14 with the Tigers shooting 48 percent in the first half.

Currently, the Tigers are shooting 40 percent from the field and 38 percent from the three-point arc. On the season, Sain leads the team in scoring with 14.8 ppg while averaging 4.4 rpg. Covington follows with 10.1 ppg and leads the rebounding effort at 5.1 per contest.

Peters (9.8 ppg) has established himself as an intricate part of the offense, scoring in double figures in seven of the last nine games. In addition, accounting for the improved long range shooting, Jacquan Nobles leads the team in three-point field goal percentage (.516) and is managing 9.5 ppg.

Iowa (5-11, 0-4 Big Ten) has dropped their last four games, all against conference teams, winning their last against South Carolina State, 82-69 on Dec. 21, 2009. The Hawkeyes post a 5-6 home record, which include loses to No. 3 Purdue (67-56, 12/29/09), and No. 10 Michigan State (53-71, 1/9).

As a team, Iowa is shooting 42 percent and scoring 63 points per game. They are led by Matt Gatens who is averaging 12.8 ppg and 4.9 rpg making all 16 starts this season. Anthony Tucker has missed five games this season and is second on the team with 11.9 ppg in 11 contests played.

In the rebounding department Eric May (9.3 ppg) and Jarryd Cole (8.8 ppg) are combining for 10.4 boards per game.

TSU the will return to Ohio Valley Conference play at Austin Peay State on Saturday, Jan. 16. The game will be televised live on ESPNU and is scheduled for a 1 p.m. tip-off.