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After suffering a knee injury late against Middle Tennessee, the Tigers weren’t certain if the injury would heal on it’s own. Turns out, that’s not the case.

Tennessee State leading scorer Robert Covington under went surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus. The Tennessean is reporting that Covington will miss the next 4-6 weeks as a result.

The loss of Covington is obviously a big blow to Tennessee State, already off to a tougher than expected start. The senior leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging more than 17 points and seven rebounds a game.

The Tigers still have some weapons, and will likely look to Kellen Thorton and MJ Rhett to step up in his absence.

Tennessee State opened OVC play today with a win over Eastern Illinois. The Tigers travel to Tennessee Tech on Thursday.


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  1. Tsumadness:
    Huge loss. Although Covington does most of his work down low, we need a guard currently sitting on the bench to step up. Thornton and Rhett can handle the low post. We need someone who can knock down the mid-range jumper consistently; Cyphers and Miller have yet to prove they can do that.
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Balancing OVC team’s records versus Strength of Schedule

OVC Schedule


DEC. 2

4-4SIUE60FINAL
6-1Indiana83

DEC. 3

2-4Morehead State2 p.m. ET
ESPN 3
5-2Purdue
5-1Marshall4 p.m. ET
OVC Digital
4-4Eastern Kentucky
6-1Tennessee State5 p.m. ET
ESPN 3
3-6Lipscomb
2-6Tennessee Tech7 p.m. ET
0-6Alabama A&M
4-3Austin Peay8 p.m. ET
SEC Network
5-2Arkansas
2-3Belmont8 p.m. ET
4-3Pepperdine
1-6Detroit Mercy8 p.m. ET
OVC Digital
3-4Murray State

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Tennessee State0-06-1
Jacksonville State0-05-3
Eastern Kentucky0-04-4
Belmont0-02-3
Morehead State0-02-4
Tennessee Tech0-02-6

WEST

UT Martin0-07-2
Austin Peay0-04-3
Eastern Illinois0-04-3
SIU Edwardsville0-04-3
SEMO0-04-3
Murray State0-03-4
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