Challenging Schedule Awaits TSU Men's Basketball
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Challenging Schedule Awaits TSU Men's Basketball
TSU Opens the 2017-18 Season at Kansas on Nov. 10 - Photo by Sam Jordan - TSU Athletics

2017-18 TSU MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State men’s basketball Head Coach Dana Ford announced the 2017-18 schedule on Thursday. This year’s slate is highlighted by road games at Kansas, Texas and Purdue, among others.

"We are excited about this year's list of games and opponents, which includes opening the season at historic Allen Fieldhouse," Ford said. "We believe that our non-conference slate of games will prepare us for a challenging Ohio Valley Conference season."

Beginning year four of Ford’s tenure in Nashville, the Tigers open on the road at Kansas on Nov. 10 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. The team’s home opener at the Gentry Center is set for Nov. 13 versus Reinhardt with the first Ohio Valley Conference game scheduled for Dec. 28 at UT Martin.

TSU kicks off the season with 11 non-conference games before an expanded 18-game OVC slate for a total of 29 regular season contests. Over the course of the season, the Tigers will play 14 times at the Gentry Center and 15 road games. A total of nine of TSU’s games are against teams that played in postseason last year (NCAA, NIT or CIT) including five from the NCAA Tournament - Kansas, Purdue, Middle Tennessee, Jacksonville State (2x).

Other key non-conference dates include a home showdown with Conference USA champion Middle Tennessee on Nov. 18 and back-to-back road tests at Texas on Dec. 18 and Purdue on Dec. 21. In league play, the Tigers take on OVC regular season champion Belmont at home on Feb. 8 and on the road on Feb. 24 with tilts against OVC Tournament champion Jacksonville State set for Jan. 4 (home) and Feb. 10 (away).

The Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. will run Feb. 28-March 3.

Tennessee State is coming off back-to-back winning seasons, most recently posting a 17-13 mark in 2016-17. The Tigers have won 37 games over the last two seasons, tied for the third most in a two-year span in the program’s Division I history.

BY THE NUMBERS
29 Regular Season Games
11 Non-Conference Games
18 OVC Games
14 Home Games
15 Road Games
5 Games versus NCAA Tournament Teams (Jacksonville State - 2x, Kansas, Purdue, Middle Tennessee)

NON-CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Big 12 (2) – Kansas, Texas
Big Ten (1) - Purdue
Conference USA (1) – Middle Tennessee
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (1) - North Carolina A&T
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (1) – Canisius
Atlantic Sun (2) – Kennesaw State, Lipscomb
SWAC (1) – Alabama State
Non-Division I (2) – Reinhardt, Fisk
*2016-17 NCAA Tournament Teams in BOLD

OVC OPPONENTS IN THE 2016-17 POSTSEASON
Belmont – NIT Second Round, Defending OVC Regular Season Champion
Jacksonville State – NCAA Tournament First Round, Defending OVC Tournament Champion
UT Martin – CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Second Round

KEY DATES
Season Opener:  Nov. 10, 2017 at Kansas   
Home Opener: Nov. 13, 2017 vs. Reinhardt
Ohio Valley Conference Opener: Dec. 28, 2017 at UT Martin
OVC Tournament: Feb. 28 – March 3, 2018 (Ford Center – Evansville, Ind.)

 

OPPONENT BREAKDOWN
Kansas

November 10, 2017  |  Lawrence, Kan. (Allen Fieldhouse)
Head Coach: Bill Self (15th season, Oklahoma State ’85)
2016-17 Record: 31-5, 16-2 Big 12
2016-17 Postseason: NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, Big 12 Tournament Quarterfinals
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 0-1
Last Meeting: 89-54 loss on Nov. 21, 2006 at #10 Kansas
Notes: TSU makes its second-ever trip to historic Allen Fieldhouse to open the season. Playing in front of a crowd of 16,300 in the first meeting in 2006, Clarence Matthews was TSU’s leading scorer with 18 points in an 89-54 loss to Kansas, which featured Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush, Darrell Arthur, Julian Wright and Sherron Collins, among others. The Jayhawks have made 28-consecutive NCAA Tournaments and have been a #1 seed in seven of the last 11 years under Head Coach Bill Self.

Reinhardt
November 13, 2017  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Gentry Center)
Head Coach: Jason Gillespie (6th season, East Tennessee State)
2016-17 Record: 22-10, 13-7 Appalachian Athletic Conference (NAIA)
2016-17 Postseason: NAIA Division II National Championship First Round, AAC Championship Game
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 3-0
Last Meeting: 96-64 win on Nov. 26, 2016 at TSU
Notes: Reinhardt, which qualified for the NAIA Division II Tournament a year ago, is one of two non-NCAA Division I teams on this year’s schedule. TSU earned a 96-64 win in last year’s matchup with the Eagles, who won 22 games on the season.

Middle Tennessee
November 18, 2017  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Gentry Center)
Head Coach: Kermit Davis (16th season, Mississippi State ’82)
2016-17 Record: 31-5, 17-1 Conference USA
2016-17 Postseason: NCAA Tournament Round of 32, Conference USA Tournament Champion
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 17-38
Last Meeting: 74-63 win on Nov. 19, 2016 at Middle Tennessee
Notes: The Tigers defeated MTSU last season for the program’s first victory over the Blue Raiders since 2000. It was TSU’s first road win in the series since 1994. Winners of two-consecutive Conference USA titles, MTSU has won NCAA Tournament games in back-to-back seasons. 

Canisius
November 21, 2017  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Gentry Center)
Head Coach: Reggie Witherspoon (2nd season, Empire State ’95)
2016-17 Record: 18-16, 10-10 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
2016-17 Postseason: CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, MAAC Tournament Quarterfinals
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 2-0
Last Meeting: 72-58 win on Nov. 23, 2016 at Canisius
Notes: TSU defeated Canisius by a 72-58 final score in Buffalo, N.Y. last November as part of TSU’s 6-0 start to the 2016-17 season. The Golden Griffins will be making their first-ever trip to the Gentry Center this season. 

Kennesaw State
November 25, 2017  |  Kennesaw, Ga. (KSU Convocation Center)
Head Coach: Al Skinner (3rd season, UMass ’74)
2016-17 Record: 14-18, 7-7 Atlantic Sun
2016-17 Postseason: Atlantic Sun Tournament Semifinals
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 3-1
Last Meeting: 76-73 loss on Jan. 2, 2017 at TSU
Notes: The Tigers had won the first three meetings in the series before a 76-73 loss to the Owls last season. Entering year three with Head Coach Al Skinner leading Kennesaw State, the Owls improved from 11 wins in year one to 14, including an Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament First Round victory, last season.

Fisk
November 28, 2017  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Gentry Center)
Head Coach: Larry Glover (Fisk ’89)
2016-17 Record: 4-25, NAIA Independent
2016-17 Postseason: None
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 16-3
Last Meeting: 77-43 win in an exhibition game on Nov. 3, 2017 at TSU
Notes: TSU has won nine in a row in the series versus Fisk and carries an all-time record of 16-3 against the Bulldogs. The Tigers picked up a 77-43 win over Fisk in last year’s exhibition game to open the season.

Lipscomb
December 2, 2017  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Gentry Center)
Head Coach: Casey Alexander (5th season, Belmont ’95)
2016-17 Record: 20-13, 11-3 Atlantic Sun
2016-17 Postseason: Atlantic Sun Tournament Semifinals
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 3-3
Last Meeting: 72-71 win on Dec. 3, 2016 at Lipscomb
Notes: TSU has beaten Lipscomb in each of the last two seasons by a combined four points. The Tigers picked up a one-point road victory over the Bisons last year on a Tahjere McCall jumper with 8.4 seconds left. Lipscomb made the A-Sun Semifinals last season and reached 20 wins for the second time in the program’s Division I era.

Alabama State
December 12, 2017  |  Montgomery, Ala. (Dunn-Oliver Acadome)
Head Coach: Lewis Jackson (13th season, Alabama State ‘84)
2016-17 Record: 8-23, 6-12 Southwestern Athletic Conference
2016-17 Postseason:  SWAC Tournament Quarterfinals
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 19-9
Last Meeting: 68-46 win on Dec. 14, 2016 at TSU
Notes: The Tigers scored a convincing 68-46 win over Alabama State in last year’s meeting at the Gentry Center. The Hornets finished 8-23 overall a season ago but went 6-5 in home games.

North Carolina A&T
December 15, 2017  |  Greensboro, N.C. (Corbett Sports Center)
Head Coach: Jay Joyner (2nd season, Middle Tennessee ’00)
2016-17 Record: 3-29, 1-15 MEAC
2016-17 Postseason: MEAC Tournament First Round
TSU Record vs. Opponent:10-13
Last Meeting: 63-60 win on Dec. 10, 1994 at North Carolina A&T
Notes: The series with North Carolina A&T dates back to the 1948-49 season. For eight-consecutive seasons (1979-87), TSU and North Carolina A&T squared off twice a year. The two sides have not met since the Tigers’ 63-60 victory over the Aggies on Dec. 10, 1994. NC A&T coach Jay Joyner served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach/Administrative Assistant at TSU during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.

Texas
December 18, 2017  |  Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center)
Head Coach: Shaka Smart (3rd season, Kenyon ‘99)
2016-17 Record: 11-22, 4-14 Big 12
2016-17 Postseason: Big 12 Tournament Quarterfinals
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 0-1
Last Meeting: 84-72 loss on Nov. 30, 1987 at Texas
Notes: The last time TSU played Texas was during the 1987-88 season when the late great Anthony Mason was a senior for the Tigers. Former VCU Coach Shaka Smart enters year three at Texas having gone 24-10 at home during his time in Austin.

Purdue
December 21, 2017  |  West Lafayette, Ind. (Mackey Arena)
Head Coach: Matt Painter (13th season, Purdue ’94)
2016-17 Record: 27-8, 14-4 Big Ten
2016-17 Postseason: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 0-0
Last Meeting: N/A
Notes: One of the most consistent programs in the nation, Purdue is coming off a run to the Sweet 16 as part of a 27-win campaign. Head Coach Matt Painter has led Purdue to nine NCAA Tournament appearances in his first 12 seasons. The Boilermakers went 15-2 at home in 2016-17.

UT Martin
December 28, 2017  |  Martin, Tenn. (Elam Center)
Head Coach: Anthony Stewart (2nd season, Mount Union ’93)
2016-17 Record: 22-13, 10-6 Ohio Valley Conference
2016-17 Postseason: CollegeInsider.com Second Round, Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship Game
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 33-25
Last Meeting: 76-65 win on Jan. 7, 2017 at TSU
Notes: The Skyhawks have put together three-consecutive 20-win seasons and have made the championship game of the OVC Tournament in each of the last two seasons. After halftime adjustments in last year’s meeting, TSU outscored UT Martin by a 50-35 margin in the second half to pull away in a 76-65 victory.

Southeast Missouri
December 30, 2017  |  Cape Girardeau, Mo. (Show Me Center)
Head Coach: Rick Ray (3rd season, Grand View College ’94)
2016-17 Record: 15-18, 9-7 Ohio Valley Conference
2016-17 Postseason: Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Quarterfinals
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 25-20
Last Meeting: 78-75 (OT) loss on March 1, 2017 at Municipal Auditorium (Nashville, Tenn. – OVC Tournament First Round)
Notes: The Redhawks return OVC Freshman of the Year Denzel Mahoney from a team that finished 15-18 overall and 9-7 in the OVC. TSU and SEMO split their two meetings last season with TSU winning in the regular season and SEMO winning in the OVC Tournament First Round matchup.

Jacksonville State
January 4, 2018  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Gentry Center)
February 10, 2018  |  Jacksonville, Ala. (Pete Mathews Coliseum)
Head Coach: Ray Harper (2nd season, Kentucky Wesleyan ’85)
2016-17 Record: 20-15, 9-7 Ohio Valley Conference
2016-17 Postseason: NCAA Tournament First Round, Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Champion
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 17-13
Last Meeting: 63-57 loss on Feb. 11, 2017 at Jacksonville State
Notes: Jacksonville State earned the OVC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the OVC Tournament as the No. 4 seed. TSU and Jacksonville State have split the last six meetings in the series.

Tennessee Tech
January 6, 2018  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Gentry Center)
February 22, 2018  |  Cookeville, Tenn. (Eblen Center)
Head Coach: Steve Payne (7th season, Union College ’90)
2016-17 Record: 12-20, 8-8 Ohio Valley Conference
2016-17 Postseason: Ohio Valley Conference First Round
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 32-32
Last Meeting: 72-59 win on Feb. 9, 2017 at Tennessee Tech
Notes: Since TSU Head Coach Dana Ford took over prior to the 2014-15 season, TSU and Tennessee Tech have split the six meetings between the two sides. In last year’s matchups, TSU fell in overtime at home before avenging the loss later in the year in Cookeville. The Golden Eagles were the sixth seed in last year’s OVC Tournament.

SIUE
January 11, 2018  |  Edwardsville, Ill. (Vadalabene Center)
January 25, 2018  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Gentry Center)
Head Coach: Jon Harris (3rd season, Marquette ’02)
2016-17 Record: 6-24, 1-15 Ohio Valley Conference
2016-17 Postseason: None
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 7-1
Last Meeting: 76-56 win on Jan. 25, 2017 at SIUE
Notes: Tennessee State has gotten the better of the Cougars in seven of the eight all-time meetings including a 76-56 road win a year ago. 

Eastern Illinois
January 13, 2018  |  Charleston, Ill. (Lantz Arena)
January 27, 2018  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Gentry Center)
Head Coach: Jay Spoonhour (6th season, Pittsburg State ’94)
2016-17 Record: 14-15, 6-10 Ohio Valley Conference
2016-17 Postseason: None
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 27-23
Last Meeting: 77-67 (OT) loss on Feb. 2, 2017 at TSU
Notes: This will mark the first time since the 2010-11 season that TSU has faced Eastern Illinois twice in the same season. The Tigers won their last trip to Charleston in 2016 before falling in overtime to the Panthers in last year’s meeting at the Gentry Center.

Murray State
January 18, 2018  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Gentry Center)
Head Coach: Matt McMahon (3rd season, Appalachian State ‘00)
2016-17 Record: 16-17, 8-8 Ohio Valley Conference
2016-17 Postseason: Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Semifinals
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 17-52
Last Meeting:  92-83 loss on Dec. 31, 2016 at Murray State
Notes: Murray State’s last trip to the Gentry Center on Jan. 16, 2016 resulted in TSU’s first win over the Racers since the 2011-12 season. The Tigers led for more than 26 minutes in last year’s meeting, but Murray State closed the game on a 9-0 run over the last 57 seconds to pull away.

Austin Peay
January 20, 2018  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Gentry Center)
Head Coach: Matt Figger (1st season, Eastern Kentucky ’95)
2016-17 Record: 11-19, 7-9 Ohio Valley Conference
2016-17 Postseason: None
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 29-46
Last Meeting: 70-66 win on Feb. 4, 2017 at Austin Peay
Notes: First-year Head Coach Matt Figger takes over for Dave Loos, who retired following a 27-year career leading Austin Peay’s program. The Tigers picked up a 70-66 road win over the Governors a year ago and are 2-1 against Austin Peay over the last two seasons.

Morehead State
February 1, 2018  |  Morehead, Ky. (Johnson Arena)
February 15, 2018  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Gentry Center)
Head Coach: Preston Spradlin (1st season, Alice Lloyd ’09)
2016-17 Record: 14-16, 10-6 Ohio Valley Conference
2016-17 Postseason: Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Quarterfinals
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 32-37
Last Meeting: 64-52 win on Feb. 16, 2017 at TSU
Notes: Earning the third seed in last year’s Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, Morehead State went 12-8 in its final 20 games after a slow start to the season. In last year’s meetings, both teams won at home. The Eagles officially begin the Preston Spradlin era after the John Calipari disciple served as the interim Head Coach for most of last season.

Eastern Kentucky
February 3, 2018  |  Richmond, Ky. (Alumni Coliseum)
February 17, 2018  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Gentry Center)
Head Coach: Dan McHale (3rd season, Kentucky ’01)
2016-17 Record: 12-19, 5-11 Ohio Valley Conference
2016-17 Postseason: None
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 28-33
Last Meeting: 68-66 win on Feb. 18, 2017 at TSU
Notes: Tennessee State swept the Colonels a year ago and are 3-1 in the series over the last two years. The Tigers cruised to a 63-49 road win in the first meeting a year ago before completing the sweep with a 68-66 win at the Gentry Center on Senior Night.

Belmont
February 8, 2018  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Gentry Center)
February 24, 2018  |  Nashville, Tenn. (Curb Event Center)
Head Coach: Rick Byrd (32nd season, Tennessee ’76)
2016-17 Record: 23-7, 15-1 Ohio Valley Conference
2016-17 Postseason: NIT Second Round, Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Semifinals
TSU Record vs. Opponent: 11-17
Last Meeting: 68-63 loss on Feb. 25, 2017 at Belmont
Notes: The Bruins, looking to replace two-time OVC Player of the Year Evan Bradds, have qualified for the NIT in each of the last two seasons. Belmont has won the OVC Regular Season title in four of the last five years.

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