Tennessee State opens the season hosting NAIA Reinhardt Friday. Here’s a look at some of the important numbers:
12Tennessee State has 12 newcomers this year, an even mixture of freshman and JUCO transfers. Given their five-win season last year, this can only be a good thing.
9According to Kenpom.com, TSU is expected to win nine games this year. Nine is greater than five. They’re even given a 0.1% chance of going unbeaten in OVC play. 0.1!
9Yeah, but nine projected wins isn’t THAT much larger than five. It’s going to be a long rebuilding process. The great news here, as where last year started off with 10 losses, there’s two non Division I teams in the first three games this year, so that’s probably not going to happen again.
0Tennessee State played zero exhibition games this year. Instead, they played a pair of “secret scrimmages” against Samford and Chattanooga. The good news is they have possibly six halves (many of these scrimmages are three halves, not two) of experience against Division I competition, which is great given how young this team is. The bad news is…we haven’t seen them play yet.