EVANSVILLE, Ind. --- With all the Ohio Valley Conference head coaches gathered in Evansville, Indiana for the annual OVC Basketball Media Day on Tuesday, it was announced that Tennessee State was selected eighth in the OVC Coaches/SIDs Preseason Poll.
The Coaches/SID poll comes four days after TSU was picked sixth in the OVC Media Preseason Poll.
In the poll voted on by head coaches and sports information directors from around the OVC, TSU received 101 points for eighth. Belmont was selected first with 227 points (eight first-place votes), while defending regular season and tournament champion Murray State picked up 221 points (nine first-place votes) for second in the poll.
The release of the preseason poll kicks off today’s OVC Media Day festivities in Evansville. First-year Head Coach Brian “Penny” Collins will have the opportunity to speak with various media members from the league as well as tape promos and interviews for the OVC office.
The Tigers return six letterwinners from last year’s team including seniors Armani Chaney and Stokley Chaffee Jr. TSU has qualified for the OVC Tournament in each of the last three seasons.
TSU will welcome Tennessee Wesleyan to the Gentry Center for an exhibition game on Oct. 31 before kicking off the regular season on Nov. 10 at Lipscomb.
OVC COACHES / SIDS POLL
1. Belmont (8 first-place votes) - 227
2. Murray State (9) - 221
3. Jacksonville State (7) - 211
4. Austin Peay - 188
5. Tennessee Tech - 135
6. Eastern Kentucky - 118
7. Eastern Illinois - 116
8. Tennessee State - 101
9. Southeast Missouri - 82
10. Morehead State - 78
11. UT Martin - 77
12. SIUE - 30
- 11 points awarded for a first-place vote, 10 for second, etc.
- Coaches and SIDs could not vote for their own teams
2018-19 PRESEASON ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE
Shaq Buchanan, Murray State - G -Sr.
Ledarrius Brewer, Southeast Missouri - G - So.
Jason Burnell, Jacksonville State - F - Sr.
Christian Cunningham, Jacksonville State - F - Sr.
Lamontray Harris, Morehead State - F -Sr.
Fatood Lewis, UT Martin - F - Sr.
Terrell Lewis, Eastern Illinois - G - R-Sr.
Nick Mayo, Eastern Kentucky - F - Sr.
Kevin McClain, Belmont - G - Sr.
Ja Morant, Murray State - G - So.
Terry Taylor, Austin Peay - G/F - So.
Dylan Windler, Belmont - G/F - Sr.