2017-18 Men's Basketball Season in Review
Monday, March 12, 2018
2017-18 Men's Basketball Season in Review
Delano Spencer led TSU with 15.5 points per game | Photo By Sam Jordan - TSU Athletics


  • The Tennessee State men’s basketball team finished the 2017-18 season with a 15-15 overall record including a 10-8 mark in Ohio Valley Conference regular season games.
  • Over the last three years, TSU has won 52 games - one of the best three-year runs in the program’s Division I history. The school record for wins in a three-year stretch in the Division I era is 56 games from 1978-81.
  • It was the first time TSU has finished with a .500 record or better in three-consecutive seasons since accomplishing the feat in four-consecutive seasons from 1992-96.
  • The Tigers posted a 9-5 record at home at the Gentry Center, the team’s third-consecutive winning record in home games.
  • The Tigers earned the sixth seed in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, falling to Eastern Illinois by a 73-71 final score in the first round at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.
  • Redshirt junior forward Christian Mekowulu earned Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year. It is the third-consecutive season TSU has won the award after Tahjere McCall secured the honor in each of the last two seasons.
  • Christian Mekowulu also earned Second Team All-OVC honors.
  • It is the third year in a row TSU has won a major award and placed at least one player on the All-Conference team.
  • Mekowulu’s 46 blocks on the season were the most for a TSU player since 2010-11 when Michael Green finished with 52.
  • TSU won three OVC Weekly Awards: Christian Mekowulu – Player of the Week (12/4/17 and 1/29/18); Kamar McKnight – Co-Newcomer of the Week (2/12/18).
  • Delano Spencer made 85 three pointers on the season. It is the most for TSU since 2006-07 when LaDarious Weaver made 93. Spencer is the first Tiger to lead the team in made three pointers in back-to-back seasons since 2009-10 and 2010-11 when Jacquan Nobles accomplished the feat.
  • The Tigers won seven games in a row during OVC play. It marked the third-consecutive season with a winning streak of six or more games.
  • Defensively, TSU allowed just 67.0 points per game. That is the lowest for TSU since giving up 66.6 points per game during the 2011-12 season.
  • Tennessee State appeared on national television five times against #4/3 Kansas (ESPNU – 11/10/17), RV/RV Texas (ESPN2 - 12/18/17), #16 Purdue (Big Ten Network – 12/21/17), UT Martin (CBS Sports Network – 12/28/18) and Eastern Illinois (CBS Sports Network - 1/11/18) . TSU also played one game on ESPN3 against Kennesaw State (ESPN3 – 11/25/17).