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First exhibition in the book, and maybe the most encouraging point for Tigers fans? 4,500 people were reported in attendance. No let down in their only exhibition game, as they easily handle their NAIA opponent. Looking ahead, Eastern Kentucky plays their only exhibition game Wednesday night, hosting Urbana.

Trevecca Nazarene
at Tennessee State

Off to a good start? It appears so, as the Tigers shoot 55% from the floor, holding the Trojans to 39%, in a 90-52 win in exhibition play. Great shooting a big key in the win as the Tigers hit 10 three-pointers. But the Tigers did struggle to contain the Trojans Keith Morris, who put up a game-high 22 points.

Four Tigers scored in double figures, led by 17 from forwards Robert Covington and Jordan Cyphers. 9 of Covington’s 17 came from behind the arc. Wil Peters dished 6 assists, and committed 0 turnovers in 22 minutes.

12 players played for the Tigers, with 10 playing 10+ minutes.

Player of the game: M.J. Rhett
The redshirt freshman made his debut for the Tigers, finishing with 11 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. Most of those minutes were in the 2nd half, where the Tigers held a 16-7 rebounding advantage. (The advantage was just 16-15 in the first half) Those stats just came in 14 minutes of play.

What I learned: Yes, it was exhibition. And that should be taken into account when looking at the team’s game, but seeing Rhett just miss a double-double and seeing the team shoot so well is encouraging. Covington appears to be picking up where he left off last season.

Next Game: Tennessee State travels to St. Louis to open the regular season on November 11th.

TSU Recap, Stats

  1. Sherman:
    Rhett, Thornton and Cyphers are going to provide some quality minutes. I look for one to start.
  2. Catlin Bogard:
    Rhett has the early advantage. Good team, I really like the Tigers this year.
OVC Ball
Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24