Tigers vs. Delaware State in the ESPN Sears BracketBusters
Saturday, February 19, 2011


Nashville, Tenn. - After a tough three-game road stretch, the Tennessee State University Tigers return home to host Delaware State for the 9th Annual ESPN Sears BracketBusters.

The non-conference match-up is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Gentry Center with a 3 p.m. tip-off.

This will be the first time TSU has faced off against another Historically Black College/University in the BracketBusters. The Tigers post an impressive all-time record versus traditional HBCUs with a record of 307-106. This year's BracketBusters appearance is a first for the Hornets.

The Tigers (11-15) and Hornets (9-15) have matched-up once on the hardwood. In 2004, TSU defeated DSU in the Las Vegas Holiday Tournament, 75-69. BOX SCORE / STATS...

The Hornets are members of the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference in which TSU has had success against teams who are currently in the league. The Tigers are 54-23 when facing teams in the MEAC.

In the ESPN Sears BracketBusters, TSU posts a 2-2 record after suffering a loss at Central Michigan last year. Wil Peters netted 19 points and Robert Covington recorded a game high, six boards, to go with 12 points. RECAP...

This will be TSU's second time hosting the BracketBusters after defeating Detroit in 2009 in the Gentry Center. Peters was the only member of the current roster to help notch the win scoring four points on the night. RECAP... 

The Tigers are 1-0 in BracketBusters competition on their home floor. This season, TSU is 8-2 at home while coming off a, 61-59, OVC loss at Tennessee Tech on Monday. Jacquan Nobles (7.5 ppg) came of the bench to lead TSU with 17 points from 6-of-7 shooting, including 5-of-6 from long range. RECAP...

Along with Peters (10.4 ppg) and Covington (13.3 ppg / 7.4 rpg), Kenny Moore (14.6 ppg) and Patrick Miller (11.7 ppg) trigger the Tigers' offense.

Moore leads the team in scoring and is second in rebounds (6.9 rpg). Covington is the OVC's top 3-point shooter hitting .449 to compliment a team high from the field .506. Peters leads the squad in assists (4.3 apg) and Miller's points-per-game average is the best among freshmen in the league.

The Hornets enter after suffering back-to-back losses to Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M on the road. DSU has lost six of their last seven games picking up their last victory at home against Norfolk State, 91-63, prior to their road trip to Florida.

DSU travels with a 3-11 road record and are led by freshmen Desi Washington (13.4 ppg) and Casey Walker (12.9 ppg). In 11 weeks on the year, the duo has combined to win nine MEAC Freshman of the Week honors. Walker garnered five and Washington has tallied four. Washington is also the MEAC's top scorer among freshman and is currently ranked 12th in scoring on the year.

Marques Oliver is the team's top rebounder (6.5 rpg) and also averages in double digits (11.1 ppg). He is the only other to gain a weekly honor after being named the conference's defensive player of the week in January.

Another player to watch includes Jay Threatt (9.8 ppg) who is the MEAC's leader in assists (6.0 apg) and steals (3.0).

DSU leads the MEAC in 3-point percentage (.364) and steals (8.4) after being picked to finish fifth in the 2011 MEAC Preseason Predictions.

The Tigers will return to the floor next week when they host Southeast Missouri State in OVC action. The game is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.