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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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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

EAST

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

WEST

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


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