BRENTWOOD, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State men’s basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Ohio Valley Conference Media Preseason Poll, released on Friday by the OVC office. The poll was voted on by media members who cover OVC basketball.
The OVC Coaches/SID Preseason Poll will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at OVC Basketball Media Day in Evansville, Ind.
The Tigers, under the direction of first-year Head Coach Brian “Penny” Collins, return six letterwinners including starting point guard Armani Chaney. The leading scorer among TSU’s returners is redshirt junior guard Kamar McKnight, who posted 8.5 points per game a year ago.
Over the last three seasons, TSU has won 52 games – one of the best three-year runs in the program’s Division I history.
TSU will host an exhibition game on Oct. 31 versus Tennessee Wesleyan before kicking off the regular season on Nov. 10 at Lipscomb.
OVC MEDIA POLL
1. Belmont (6) - 137 points
2. Murray State (5) - 135
3. Jacksonville State (1) - 118
4. Austin Peay - 110
5. Tennessee Tech - 75
6. Tennessee State - 71
7. Eastern Illinois - 66
8. Eastern Kentucky - 62
9. Southeast Missouri - 54
T- 10. UT Martin - 41
T-10. Morehead State - 41
12. SIUE - 25
(FIRST PLACE VOTES)
Preseason Player of the Year: Dylan Windler, Belmont