|December 29, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||VU|
|FG Percentage||.381 (24-63)||.500 (29-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.435 (10-23)||.333 (9-27)|
|FT Percentage||.692 (18-26)||.778 (28-36)|
CHANEY - 16
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (3-8)
at Vanderbilt (7-3)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 29
Time: 12:30 p.m. CT
Location: Memorial Gymnasium - Nashville, Tenn.
Notes: TSU | Vanderbilt
Live Video: SEC Network+ || Greg Gaston and John Albright on the call
Radio: 102.1 The Ville || Greg Pogue and Albert Dawson on the call
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Social Media Updates: Twitter || #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team closes out its non-conference schedule at neighboring Vanderbilt, Dec. 29 with a 12:30 p.m. tip off in Memorial Gymnasium. The game can be viewed on SEC Network+, with TSU's radio 102.1 The Ville.
LAST TIME OUT: Tennessee State had its lowest scoring game of the season in the 41-99 loss to Memphis at the FedEx Forum. A rough shooting night, TSU averaged just 16 percent from the field, 6-of-35 from three-point distance. Big Blue’s trips to the free-throw line helped the score, as Kamar McKnight finished with five points at the stripe, followed by Emmanuel Egbuta with three. However, both shot 50 percent from the line. Tennessee State entered the half, down 30 (47-17), and although Memphis’ shooting accuracy decreased in the second period, the Memphis Tigers pulled away increasing its lead to as much as 61 before closing out the night 41-99.
ALL-TIME SERIES: This serves as the tenth meeting between the Tigers and the Commodores. In the all-time series against Vanderbilt, TSU is 0-9.
In the last meeting between TSU and Vanderbilt, the Commodores defeated the Tigers for its first loss of the season Nov. 29, 2016. TSU had gone 6-0 to start the season before its trip to Memorial. Vanderbilt built a 21-point lead heading into halftime, and maintained its 20-point lead throughout the second half. Former Tigers, Ken’Darrius Hamilton (Omonia BC Rustavi) and Darreon Reddick (BC Olimpi) led TSU with 19 and 12 points, respectively. TSU forced 19 turnovers, leading to 23 points off of turnovers.
At the first meeting in 1973, TSU lost by 1 point, 67-66, the smallest gap in the series. At the 2014 meeting, Vanderiblt won by its largest margin, 32, with a final of 78-46.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked top 50 in the nation in two categories:
- 19 in turnovers forced
- 26 in steals per game
FAMILIAL TIES: Director of Operations Matt Richardson is the son of former Vanderbilt assistant coach, Tom Richardson.
CUMMINGS TO THE RESCUE: Redshirt sophomore Daniel Cummings had a career night at Memphis as the Tiger with the highest field-goal percentage on the night, scoring a career-high eight points. Cummings was 2-of-5 from three-point range and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
UP NEXT: The Tigers begin conference play at home as they host Tennessee Tech Jan. 3 for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff on ESPN+.