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Tennessee State opens the season hosting NAIA Reinhardt Friday. Here’s a look at some of the important numbers:

The Good

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!

The Bad

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.

The !?*#%!$@

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.


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Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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