The Tennessee State men’s basketball team will travel approximately one hour to Cookeville, Tenn. to square off against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles for an Ohio Valley Conference tilt. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State is coming off of a, 94-78, loss to Belmont on Saturday dropping the Tigers to 2-21 overall and 1-8 in league play. TSU has lost its last seven contests dating back to Jan. 7.
TSU is averaging 68.6 points per game while shooting 42.6 percent from the field. Senior Patrick Miller has been the team’s top scorer all season long and is leading the OVC in points per game (23.2). M.J. Rhett has also been a top contributor, pouring in 9.9 points and securing 8.8 boards each outing.
The Tigers, led by second year head coach Travis Williams, returned five letter winners from last year’s 18-15 squad. However, the club lost four starters due to graduation last year, but the three big missing pieces are All-OVC second team members Robert Covington and Kellen Thornton as well as Jordan Cyphers. Last season, that trio of players averaged 43 points per contest which was 60 percent of the team’s scoring.
LAST TIME OUT
It took overtime, but the Tennessee State men’s basketball team dropped its 21st game of the season, 80-74, at home versus Morehead State.
Patrick Miller scored a game-high 36 points and made 12 of his 24 attempts for his sixth straight 20-plus performance dating back to Jan. 7 and his second straight 30-point game.
Chaed Wellian was the only other Tiger in double-figures, finishing with a career-high 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting.
SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH
The Golden Eagles come into Thursday’s matchup off of a lossas the Governors of Austin Peay defeated the Golden Eagles, 83-69 Saturday evening. Senior Jeremiah Samarrippas led Tech's efforts on the night, scoring a team-high 17 points while dishing out seven dimes. Junior guard Jordan Johnson added 14 points, and Dwan Caldwell put up 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
While those Eagles had good nights, Dennis Ogbe is the team’s leader in scoring, averaging 10 points per contest. The senior is also ninth in the OVC in rebounds, having hauled in 130 on the year.
TTU is a good team on the glass and its plus-3.2 rebounding margin ranks the team third in the league. However, Tech is last in assist to turnover ratio, sitting at plus-0.8.
Tennessee State will square off against Tennessee Tech for the 56th time, with the Golden Eagles holding a 29-26 edge in the series.
LAST TIME WE MET
The Tennessee State men’s basketball team came up just shy in a defensive battle, falling to Tennessee Tech 57-53 on Jan. 2.
Kennedy Eubanks led the Tigers with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting and tied a career-high with 10 rebounds.
M.J. Rhett recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards, and Patrick Miller recorded 13 points and six assists.
The Tigers outrebounded the Golden Eagles 34-32 and forced 17 turnovers, but their bench was bested, 24 to 11.
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers. Live stats and video will also be available for the games. Links can be found on tsutigers.com under the schedule.
Tennessee State will return to action on Thursday, Feb. 6 against Austin Peay at home. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m. in the Gentry Center.