The RedHawks are 5-14 with a 1-6 record in the Mid-American Conference. Earlier this season, Miami knocked off Belmont, 66-61, and dropped a close 69-62 contest at Vanderbilt on Jan. 2.
In conference play, the RedHawks' only win is a 52-51 victory over the University of Buffalo. Miami has dropped four consecutive games.
Tennessee State is 13-10, 6-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play this season. As of Monday, Jan. 30, the Tigers boast an RPI of 209, while the RedHawks have a 257 ratings percentage index.
For the seventh-consecutive year, every Ohio Valley Conference school will be participating in the event. Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Murray State and SIUE will serve as host institutions while Morehead State, Southeast Missouri State, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin will play road contests.
The NCAA hopefuls will be selected from a pool of 142 teams from 16 conferences, the largest SearsBracketBusters pool in the event's history, which includes two teams that reached the 2011 Final Four in Houston.
Sears BracketBusters is part of ESPN's college basketball franchise programming, along with Rivalry Week, Feast Week presented by Lowe's, Holiday Hoops Presented by Kay Jewelers, Judgment Week andChampionship Week Presented by Dick's Sporting Goods.
Teams participating this season in Sears BracketBusters have produced 87 appearances in the last six NCAA Championships.
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