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November 10, 20171st2ndFinal
Tennessee State272956
Stats at a GlanceTSUKU
FG Percentage.328 (19-58) .600 (36-60)
3P FG Percentage.348 (8-23) .429 (12-28)
FT Percentage.625 (10-16) .727 (8-11)
Offensive Rebounds810
Defensive Rebounds1535
Total Rebounds2345
Bench Points2621
PointsREDDICK - 20
Vick - 23
ReboundsMEKOWULU - 7
Garrett - 10
AssistsMcKNIGHT - 2
Graham - 12
StealsCHANEY - 4
Graham - 3
BlocksLightfoot - 3
TSU Men’s Basketball Opens Season at Kansas on ESPNU
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
TSU Men’s Basketball Opens Season at Kansas on ESPNU
Photo Courtesy of Katherine Seghers

at #4/3 KANSAS (0-0)

Friday, Nov. 10  |  8 p.m.
Allen Fieldhouse  |  Lawrence, Kan.

TV: ESPNU - Mitch Holthus (play-by-play), Fran Fraschilla (analyst) and Jeff Goodman (sideline) on the call
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter - @TSU_Tigers  |  @TSUTigersMBB |  #BigBlueRising

OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team kicks off the 2017-18 season with a road test at No. 4/3 Kansas on Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse on ESPNU. Coming off back-to-back winning seasons, TSU enters year four under Head Coach Dana Ford. The Tigers are looking for three-consecutive winning seasons for the first time since four in a row from 1992-96.

ABOUT KANSAS: The Jayhawks are ranked No. 4 in the Preseason AP Top 25 and No. 3 in the Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll. Hall of Fame coach Bill Self is in his 15th season at Kansas.

ALL-TIME SERIES: TSU is 0-1 in the all-time series versus Kansas, falling by an 89-54 final score at Allen Fieldhouse on Nov. 21, 2006. Kansas was ranked 10th in the AP Poll at the time of the game.

ABOUT THE TIGERS: Ford brings back two starters in Darreon Reddick and Christian Mekowulu in addition to three other players who started at least eight games a year ago (Armani Chaney, Delano Spencer and Ken’Darrius Hamilton). Seven newcomers join the Tigers in 2017-18.

OVC PRESEASON POLL: The Tigers were selected fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Media Poll, receiving one first-place vote. In the OVC Preseason Coaches/SID Poll, TSU was picked seventh.

TSU VERSUS THE AP TOP 25: Tennessee State is 1-34 versus teams in the AP Top 25 since moving to Division I prior to the 1977-78 season. TSU is 0-2 against the AP Top 25 under Ford (79-36 loss at No. 8 Virginia - 11/24/14; 65-55 loss at No. 5 Duke - 12/19/16). TSU’s lone win over an AP Top 25 team was a 72-68 victory at No. 9 Murray State on Feb. 9, 2012.

TSU VERSUS THE BIG 12: Tennessee State is 0-11 versus teams that currently make up the Big 12. In games versus Big 12 opponents at the time of the game, TSU is 0-8. TSU’s last game versus a Big 12 opponent was a 60-40 loss at TCU on Dec. 29, 2014.

UP NEXT: Tennessee State will host Reinhardt on Monday, Nov. 13 at the Gentry Center. The game is slated to get underway at 7 p.m. and air on the OVC Digital Network.

- On Facing Kansas
“It’s going to be a big challenge for us. They’re a top five team in America. They’ve got a Hall of Fame coach and NBA players up and down the roster, but I think it’s a great experience for our players to open up the college basketball season where they basically invented basketball. It’s rare and unique. It’s probably an experience that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”

- On Playing High-Major Opponents over the last three seasons
“We’re fortunate that these universities are willing and able to play us. We just try to use it for an experience for our kids and allow them to reap some of the benefits of being a Division I basketball player. Hopefully they soak it up and at the same time, we have to try to get better at some things and continue in our process of trying to be the best team we can be.”