NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On Thursday night, the Tennessee State men’s and women’s basketball teams held “Big Blue Madness” at McClendon Court in the Gentry Center.
The event began with a student shooting competition. The night quickly flowed into team introductions in which the highly anticipated women’s team was announced first followed by the brand new men’s team.
A crowd of over 1400 was on hand to witness head coach Dana Ford lace up the sneakers and try his hand at an alley-oop dunk with the help of freshman Charles Tucker. Coach Ford had a uniform on underneath his suit and surprised both fans and the players, directly following a student dunk competition.
One of the staples of Big Blue Madness, the dunk contest, came next. Zachary Lee, Marcus Roper, Xavier Richards, and Demontez Loman competed for the best dunk. Lee came away the big winner, throwing down a slam after taking off just inches in front of the free-throw line. Richards made it to the final round with Lee but had no answer for the high-flier.
The women then played a 10 minute scrimmage in which the blue team beat the white team 25-14. The men then held an intra-squad match of the same length with the blue team winning 26-20. Blue went on a 12-6 run in the final two minutes to seal the win.
The Lady Tigers’ first home game will be on Nov. 10 against Tennessee Temple while the men open up at home against Reinhardt on Nov. 14.