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March 04, 20201st2nd1OT Final
Morehead St.2336867
Tennessee State28311574
Stats at a GlanceMORETSUM
FG Percentage.333 (19-57) .421 (24-57)
3P FG Percentage.148 (4-27) .300 (6-20)
FT Percentage.658 (25-38) .909 (20-22)
Offensive Rebounds1810
Defensive Rebounds2427
Total Rebounds4237
Turnovers1516
Steals89
Bench Points3127
LeadersMORETSUM
PointsTa'lon Cooper - 18
MARSHALL - 14
MOODY - 14
ReboundsTyzhaun Claude - 9
HARRIS - 8
AssistsJustin Thomas - 4
LITTLEJOHN - 3
StealsTa'lon Cooper - 3
MARSHALL - 5
BlocksTyzhaun Claude - 1
Jordan Walker - 1
LJ Bryan - 1
MOODY - 2
TSU Opens OVC Tournament with Morehead State Wednesday
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
TSU Opens OVC Tournament with Morehead State Wednesday

OVC TOURNAMENT BRACKET

OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT - FIRST ROUND
TENNESSEE STATE (17-14, 9-9 OVC)
vs. MOREHEAD STATE (13-18, 7-11 OVC)
Wednesday, March 4 | 6:30 p.m.
Ford Center | Evansville, Ind. 

GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE | MOREHEAD STATE
VIDEO: ESPN+ | Bob Belvin (play-by-play) and Dave Loos (analysis) on the call
RADIO: 102.1 The Ville | Greg Pogue (play-by-play) and Albert Dawson (analysis) on the call
LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter - @TSU_Tigers | @TSUTigersMBB | #BigBlueRising | #OVCTourney

OPENING TIP: The fifth-seeded Tennessee State men's basketball team takes on eighth-seeded Morehead State in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. 

TSU'S PATH TO THE OVC CHAMPIONSHIP: The OVC Tournament is a single-elimination format with top two seeds (Belmont and Murray State) receiving double byes to the semifinals. The next two seeds (Austin Peay and Eastern Kentucky) received single byes to the quarterfinals. TSU's path to the championship game is as follows id the Tigers win on each day:

  • First Round - Wednesday, March 4 - vs. #8 Morehead State - 6:30 p.m. - ESPN+
  • Quarter Finals - Thursday, March 5 - vs. #4 Eastern Kentucky - 6:30 p.m. - ESPN+
  • Semifinals - Friday, March 6 - vs. #1 Belmont - 7 p.m. - ESPNU
  • Championship - Saturday, March 7 - vs. TBD - 7 p.m. - ESPN2

TOURNAMENT HISTORY: TSU has been a member of the Ohio Valley Conference for 31 seasons and is making its 28th OVC Tournament appearance. The Tigers are 12-25 all time in the OVC Tournament, winning the championship in 1993 and 1994. TSU is looking for its first win at the OVC Tournament since 2013.

ABOUT THE FIELD: TSU is 5-8 against teams that qualified for this year’s OVC Tournament. Of their seven possible opponents, the Tigers have at least one win this season over five of them – all except Belmont and Murray State.

SEEDED FIFTH: When TSU is seeded higher than its opponent, in this case Tennessee State is the fifth seed while Morehead State is the eighth, Big Blue is 7-4 in tournament play. 2011 was the last and only time the Tigers were seeded fifth, and fell to UT Martin that year in round one hosted at the Municipal Auditorium. 

ALL-TIME SERIES VERSUS MOREHEAD STATE: This marks the 7th meeting in the OVC Tournament between the TSU and MSU. TSU is 4-2 when taking on Morehead State in the tourney. The last time the teams met at the tournament, TSU defeated the Eagles, 59- 53 in the semifinals, to advance to the Championship game, only to fall to No. 1 seed Murray State, 54-52 in 2012. Big Blue is on a two-game win streak over the Eagles when meeting in post-season play.

THIS SEASON VERSUS MOREHEAD STATE: The Tigers are split 1-1 against the Eagles this season, each club garnering wins in their home arenas. TSU defeated MSU, 64-48 in Nashville, while Morehead State beat TSU 66-63 on senior night in Morehead. 

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